Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu, 44, was fatally shot Thursday morning during a traffic stop near Port Orchard. He was discovered wounded near his patrol car by a responding deputy and taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he was declared dead. His body was escorted in an aid car by dozens of state patrol vehicles to the Pierce County medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
Joshua Blake, who killed himself shortly after shooting Trooper Radulescu.
The suspect, 28-year-old Joshua Jearl Blake, was an ex-convict who had numerous brushes with the Kitsap police. He served time not only for assaulting his then-pregnant girlfriend while also driving drunk, then kicking out a patrol car window, but also for fleeing police on multiple occasions, crashing into a police cruiser, violating probation, and in 2010 he served a full 2 ½ year sentence in prison for making meth.
Blake fled the scene in his truck and three hours later police found his vehicle abandoned just two miles away. Investigators received a tip on Blake's location and also traced his cell phone to a home down a dirt road. As a SWAT team approached the house Blake shot himself. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital where he died a few hours later.
The mobile home where investigators found Blake fatally injured.
Radulescu, an immigrant from Romania, spoke five languages. He was an Army veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan; his son, who lives nearby, is also a soldier. Radulescu is the first Kitsap trooper to die in the line of duty in 13 years. Patrol Chief John Batiste says 27 troopers have died in the line of duty. A memorial is growing in front of the WSP Headquarters in Bremerton.
Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer shared these remarks on Trooper Tony: