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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

1 police death reported in Washington in 2014

The Associated Press

YAKIMA — A report released Tuesday by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund lists 126 officers killed in the line of duty in 2014, including one in Washington.

That was Wapato Police Officer Derek Hansen. The 43-year-old collapsed at his home in Zillah and died last March of blood clots in his lungs.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported the death was ruled a homicide because the clots were linked to a shoulder injury Hansen suffered in 2011 while struggling with a suspect who resisted arrest.

County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty decided not to file a charge in the death because it would be difficult to prove it was caused by the suspect.

Hansen was put on light duty after the incident and retired in 2013 with problems with his shoulder.

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