BREMERTON, Wash. -- A Washington state trooper was found shot to death following a traffic stop early Thursday.
State Patrol spokesman Monte Simpson said the shooting occurred just outside the Kitsap County town of Gorst, about 10 miles southwest of Bremerton, shortly before 1 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET).
He said the suspect was still at large.
There was no suggestion of a connection, but on Wednesday in Bremerton an 8-year-old girl was critically wounded by a gunshot.
Armin Jahr Elementary School was just letting out for the day when the victim was shot at about 1:29 p.m. local time (4:29 p.m. ET), Bremerton police said.
A Bremerton Police Department statement said a student had a firearm in his backpack that apparently discharged, striking the victim. Detectives believe the shooting was an accident, the statement said.
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