WSP trooper dies after being hit by fleeing driver on I-5


The crash happened at milepost 79

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Washington State Patrol trooper died Tuesday evening after being hit by a vehicle that was trying to flee authorities on Interstate 5 in Chehalis, officials said.

WSP said 28-year-old Trooper Justin Schaffer was trying to set out spike strips to stop the vehicle when it struck him on southbound I-5 at milepost 79. Schaffer was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Seattle where he died of his injuries.

The scene of a deadly crash on I-5 southbound in Chehalis, March 24, 2020. (KOIN)

Schaffer was a seven-year veteran of WSP. He leaves behind a wife, his parents, a brother and his K9 partner “Frankie.”

The crash blocked all southbound lanes for more than two hours. The roadway reopened by about 6:45 p.m.

Details about the suspect vehicle have not been released.

Information about a memorial service will be released at a later time. Schaffer was the 30th member of WSP to die in the line of duty.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer (right) graduates K9 training, Nov. 10, 2018. (WSP)

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