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Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 3:13 p.m.

Review finds Rainier ranger's death unpreventable

TACOMA -- A National Park Service review board says nothing could have been done to prevent the fatal shooting of Ranger Margaret Anderson on Jan. 1 at Mount Rainier National Park.
A review board's recommendations released Thursday said they could not have stopped a "disturbed and determined" man from killing Anderson.
The News Tribune reports the review board said her actions in trying to stop Benjamin Barnes after he sped through a mandatory chain-up checkpoint kept Barnes from reaching the crowded Paradise area "and likely saved the lives of many park visitors and staff."
Barnes was apparently fleeing a New Year's Eve shooting in the Seattle area. He took off on foot through snow after shooting Anderson and was found dead the next day in a creek, drowned while suffering hypothermia.
Story tags » CrimeMount Rainier

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