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Past fallen trooper remembered after state trooper is killed

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Near Port Orchard, Wash.—The man suspected of killing a state trooper Thursday morning has died. 

Trooper Tony Radulescu stopped a pick-up truck registered to Joshua Blake around 1am Thursday near Port Orchard.  After not responding to a dispatcher, a sheriff's deputy found Radulescu shot outside his patrol car.  He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma where he was declared dead.

Officers found Blake's truck abandoned, and found him at a near-by house.  As the swat team approached, Blake shot himself.  He died several hours.

"Any loss of any officer across the state is a tragedy for everybody," says Lt. Wilbur, WA State Patrol."

"Anytime you hear that one of your friends has been killed it's pretty horrific," says Captain Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.

Radulescu was a 16-year veteran and served in the Bremerton district.  He is the 27th Washington state patrol trooper to be killed while on duty.  The last was Trooper James Saunders who was shot and killed during a traffic stop at the corner of 28th Avenue and Lewis Street in Pasco in 1999.