Trooper Tony Radulescu
Washington State Patrol, Washington
End of Watch: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Tour: 16 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 2/23/2012
Trooper Tony Radulescu was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on State Route 16 at Anderson Hill Road, in Gorst, shortly before 1:00 am.
He had radioed in his location and the pickup truck’s license plate and description to dispatchers. When dispatchers were unable to contact him for several minutes a Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy was sent to check on his status and discovered him laying 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 Trooper 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 it the suspect committed suicide.
The trooper was shot and killed in an early morning traffic stop of a green truck in the Kitsap County town of Gorst. The trooper has been identified as Tony Radulescu, 44, a 16-year veteran of the agency.
Police were approaching the suspect’s house on Southeast Scofield Road in a secluded, heavily wooded, rural area of Port Orchard when they heard a single gunshot. The man found inside, identified as Josh Blake, was transported to Tacoma General Hospital.
Trooper Radulescu was a military veteran and had served with the Washington State Patrol for 16 years.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief John R. Batiste
Washington State Patrol
General Administration Bldg.
PO Box 42600
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 596-4000