National Park Service holds hearing on Mount Rainier ranger’s killing



MOUNT RAINIER — A National Park Service board convened Tuesday at Mount Rainier to review the killing of Ranger Margaret Anderson.

The head of the five-member board, Jon Pierce, told The News Tribune the purpose of the hearing is to determine what happened and what changes could be made to prevent it from happening again.

Anderson was shot Jan. 1 as she tried to stop a man who drove through a tire chain checkpoint near Longmire.

The 24-year-old man, Benjamin Colton Barnes, was a suspected in a shooting earlier on New Year’s Day in Seattle. His body was found the next day about a mile away in the snow. He drowned in a creek while affected by hypothermia.