The National Park Service has released the final report from its board of reviews investigation into the 2012 shooting death of Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson.
Recommendations for improvements at national parks include:
- Providing formal tactical training and practical training exercises involving high risk encounters.
- Evaluating personal protective equipment.
- Improving park-level mutual aid agreements.
- Improving standard operating procedures.
Anderson was fatally shot Jan. 1, 2012, on the road to Paradise as she and another ranger stopped a vehicle that skipped a mandatory chain-up checkpoint. Stopped by Anderson just below Paradise, driver Benjamin Barnes opened fire on both rangers, killing Anderson.
Barnes then escaped on foot into the woods. After an extensive manhunt, Barnes' body was found the next day in Paradise River. He drowned while suffering from hypothermia.
The board of review concluded its investigation in 2012 and issued a statement in September of that year saying the incident was unpreventable, praising Anderson for taking action that likely saved lives and recommend changes for national parks.
The final report: