Trooper Thomas Hendrickson was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle while making a traffic stop on SR 20 near Burlington, Washington. A car coming from the opposite direction intentionally crossed the roadway, struck Trooper Hendrickson, and then fled the scene. As other officers investigated the accident they located a piece of a purple debris on the roadway. A car of the same color as the debris with body damage then drove by and one of the officers attempted to stop it. After a short pursuit the suspect was apprehended.
Trooper Hendrickson had served with the Washington State Patrol for 4 years.