RANGER SHOT: Mt. Rainier National Park closed because of standoff From Tri-City Herald news services Tri-City Herald var comments_story_id = 1771192; LONGMIRE — A park ranger at Mount Rainier National Park was shot this morning, and the park has been closed as a result of the emergency.The shooting occurred just before 11 a.m. near the Longmire Ranger Station at the park. According to Q13 Fox News, Twitter updates from law enforcement said that an officer had been shot and officers are in the area trying to reach the ranger, but the suspect is shooting at them, preventing them from reaching the ranger. The shooting happened near the Longmire Ranger Station in Mount Rainier National Park about 10:30 a.m. The park is now closed and troopers are at the gate turning people away.The female ranger was shot when she made a felony stop, sources said. The suspect shot the ranger and then fled on foot, leaving his vehicle behind. The suspect has a long rifle. The ranger radioed for help after she had been shot.Sources said that officers reached the remote area by ATVs and snowmobiles."Officer down, information just coming in. Stay out of area suspect armed with a long rifle on foot," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department reported on Twitter around 11:25 this morning.The condition of the park ranger is unknown at this time, Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer said.Units from the Washington State Patrol and the Pierce County Sheriff's Department are responding to the park and searching for the suspect. Both agencies request that the public stays out of the area.
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