WALLA WALLA — The law enforcement officer shot and seriously injured shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, has been identified as trooper Dean Atkinson Jr., a five-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol who grew up in Walla Walla.

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With an escort of several law enforcement vehicles Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, a Walla Walla Fire Department ambulance with the injured Washington State Patrol trooper Dean Atkinson Jr. leaves the emergency department at Providence St. Mary Medical Center for the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

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Walla Walla police, Washington State Patrol and Walla Walla County sheriff personnel wait Thursday evening, Sept. 22, 2022, in the parking lot of Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla, after trooper Dean Atkinson Jr. was shot.

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Emry Dinman can be reached at emrydinman@wwub.com or 425-941-5829.

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