CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — A Bonney Lake. Washington, police officer was one of two people killed in an avalanche near Cle Elum.
The News Tribune reports that 41-year-old Officer James Larsen and 27-year-old Zach Roundtree were killed about 1:30 p.m. Saturday after the avalanche hit them while they were snowmobiling near Esmeralda Peak.
A third snowmobiler, 26-year-olc Kyle Ottwell, was critically injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by helicopter.
A fourth snowmobiler, 27-year-old Ryan Journey, was slightly injured and able to free himself from the snow quickly.
Roundtree, Ottwell and Journey are all Bonney Lake residents.
Larsen, from Buckley, Washington, was a 14-year veteran of the Bonney Lake Police Department who previously worked for the Yelm Police Department.