End of Watch: 02/23/2012
Agency: Washington State Patrol
County: Pierce County
Trooper Tony Radulescu was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on a driver of a pickup truck on State Route 16 at Anderson Hill Road, in Gorst. He had radioed in his location and the pickup truck’s license plate and description to dispatchers. When dispatchers were unable to con¬tact him for several minutes, a Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy was sent to check on his status and discovered him lying wounded outside of his patrol car. He was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later. The vehicle that Radulescu had stopped was found abandoned on a country road approximately three hours later. A SWAT team deployed to the registered owner’s home, and as they approached, the suspect committed suicide.
Trooper Radulescu was a U.S. Army veteran and had served the Washington State Patrol for 16 years.
He is survived by his fiancee, son, mother and father.