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State trooper struck, killed on I-5 in Chehalis

Trooper Justin Schaffer. (Washington State Patrol)

A Washington state trooper was struck and killed by a car during a high-speed on I-5 in Chehalis on Tuesday.

The Washington State Patrol says Trooper Justin Schaffer, 28, was placing spike strips on the highway.

Schaffer, who served with WSP for 7 years, is survived by his wife, Sandra, his mother, father, brother, and K9 partner.

“Our hearts go out to this grieving family and we recognize the unique sacrifice they have offered to our state as Justin’s father, Glenn, is currently the Chief of Police in the City of Chehalis,” the WSP said in a news release on Tuesday.

The Washington State Patrol said Schaffer is the 30th member of the WSP member to die in the line of duty.

“In his last moments on the earth, he was wearing the uniform of the Washington State Patrol,” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. “We must pause and reflect on the character of each of the men and women we have lost over the years. Like Justin, they each served as one of the state’s guardians and each day of their work, they walked into unknown dangers with well-known courage. We will never forget him. Never…”

A memorial service is pending.

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