Hundreds attend memorial for Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson

ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Kittitas County is saying goodbye to a sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty.

On Thursday, hundreds of people attended a memorial service for Deputy Ryan Thompson, who was shot and killed March 19 following a vehicle pursuit that ended in Kittitas.

The service took place at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Nicholson Pavilion, 715 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd., on Central Washington University's campus in Ellensburg.

Thompson was married and the father of three children. You can read more Q13 coverage of Deputy Thompson here.

Kittitas Officer Benito Chavez was also wounded in the shooting. He told Q13 News that he credits Thompson with saving him that night.

"What he did that night was incredible," he said.

Chavez says his leg is still severely damaged and he'll have to learn to walk again.

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