Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro was a citizen of Mexico, not the United States. He came here in 2014 on a temporary agricultural worker visa, but never left.
The incident is yet another death at the hands of a person who should not have been in the U.S. to begin with.
Meanwhile, police said Thursday they were still investigating the suspect’s background and why he led the officers on a chase before the gun battle that claimed the life of the 42-year-old father of three.
Ellensburg Police Capt. Dan Hansberry said Flores Del Toro lived in Ellensburg, a university city of 20,000 residents east of Seattle, which is a sanctuary city.
Sanctuary cities protect illegal aliens from federal enforcement of the law.
Del Toro also died in the hospital as a result of his wounds.
Investigators do not know why Del Toro fled from authorities. Other than the fact that he was here illegally, he had no warrants pending.
Police in the past “had limited contacts with him,” but Hansberry described them as “nothing of real significance” without providing further details.
No one knows what that means.
Was the criminal illegal processed or booked for other crimes? The lack of information coming from the liberal state is sickening.
On Tuesday night, officers tried to pull the man over, after complaints about his driving were reported.
The complaints were described as a ‘road rage type event’ but no other details have been released.
Police chased Del Toro’s car, which stopped in a house trailer park near the small town of Kittitas, about 5 miles, when the criminal illegal got out of his vehicle and opened fired on the officers.
Thompson was killed and 22-year-old Kittitas police officer Benito Chavez was shot in the leg, suffering a shattered femur. He was hospitalized Thursday and is said to be in satisfactory condition, but is lucky to have escaped with his life.
Many people argue these law enforcement personnel shouldn’t have to worry about a criminal alien opening fire on them because of a routine stop.
That man shouldn’t have been in the country in the first place. But, because he was never rounded up and deported, one family has lost a husband and father.