Please keep DOC Community Response Unit Officer Kristoffer Rongen in your thoughts and prayers. He is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg after a shootout June 22 in Auburn.
Rongen is a former UW football player and “Washington's Most Wanted” Officer of the Month for catching a sex offender who was sending child porn to another sex offender. He was working on an ATF Task Force to arrest a man with warrants in the 3000 block of I Street N.E. in Auburn when he was shot. When agents approached and identified themselves, the suspect fired a gun at officers, striking Rongen. Officers returned fire, hitting the suspect who was taken to Harborview, where he is in critical but not life-threatening condition.
Rongen, 46, has been with the Washington Department of Corrections for 14 years. He is one of 30 CRU specialists in the department. CRU officers are responsible for locating violent offenders before they can cause harm. The unit is part of the larger Community Corrections Division, which has more than 650 officers statewide supervising roughly 17,000 offenders. CRU officers frequently work with law enforcement task forces in the community. ATF often partners with state and local law enforcement agencies utilizing Task Force efforts to leverage intelligence and manpower to combat violent gun crime. Federal criminal charges are anticipated against the gunman.