CHEHALIS, WA - The Washington State Patrol announced the passing of Trooper Justin R. Schaffer on Tuesday evening. Schaffer died in the line of duty Tuesday afternoon.
Schaffer was fatally struck by a vehicle when placing spike strips on Interstate 5 in Chehalis to stop a fleeing vehicle. He was 28-years-old and had served 7 years with the State Patrol. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, his mother and father Sheila and Glenn and his brother Brandon, and his K9 partner Frankie.
A memorial service is pending. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the Washington State Patrol will work with the family and consider how to best move forward in honoring our lost Trooper appropriately. We will make that information available to the public in the days to come