PRESS RELEASE: PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Officer Shot in the City of Auburn
Released June 28, 2016
AUBURN, Washington – Kristoffer Rongen, a Washington State Department of Corrections’ Community Response Unit (CRU) officer, was shot and injured at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 while working on a joint operation with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The federal suspect who shot the officer also was injured when law enforcement officers returned fire. Both Rongen and the suspect were taken to a local medical treatment center. Neither Rongen nor the suspect are believed to have life-threatening injuries.
Rongen, who is 46, has been with the Department of Corrections for 14 years. He is one of 30 CRU specialists in the department. CRU officers are responsible for tracking down hard-to-find violent offenders before they can cause harm. The unit is part of the larger Community Corrections Division, which has more than 650 officers statewide supervising roughly 17,000 offenders and works frequently with law enforcement task forces in the community.
Updates will be provided when more information becomes available.