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Patrol names trooper who shot intruder

The Washington State Patrol on Monday identified the trooper who shot and killed an intruder at his South Kitsap home.

Corporal Jason Blankers, 36, is an emergency driving instructor at the Patrol’s academy in Shelton. A patrol spokeswoman said Blankers is an 11-year veteran of the State Patrol and has never used deadly force before.

Blankers is on administrative leave, which is routine any time a trooper uses deadly force, whether onduty or off-duty.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is handling the criminal investigation. Once the criminal case is completed, the State Patrol will conduct a review to determine whether the use of force followed department guidelines.

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