Kent Police officer killed in car crash

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

AUBURN, Wash. – A Kent police officer was killed early Thursday morning in a single car crash in Auburn.

Officer Rob McCuistion died after his car went off Kersey Way Southwest and hit a tree at about 12:20 a.m. It's not known how much of a factor weather played.

McCuistion, 53, spent his entire 13-year career with the Kent Police Department.

"A good man, good friend. A big, tragic loss for our department," said Police Chief Ken Thomas.

McCuistion's wife is a sergeant at the city jail, so employees across the city are feeling grief.

"It's like going through shock," said Mayor Suzette Cooke. "It's that whole approach … 'No, I'm not hearing this right. No, it didn't happen.'  It did."

McCuistion was on his way home from a business he owns in Puyallup.

 

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