I wrote Sunday about three Minnesota game wardens who were murdered at Waterville, Minn., in 1940. Now 70 years later, there’s a movement afoot to erect a memorial to the fallen officers.
 Check out this bizarre story out of Washington state over the weekend, where a man being checked for a fishing license allegedly fired a gun at an officer. Obviously it’s not a common occurrence, but it underscores the potential danger law enforcement officers face each day.
 Here’s what happened, according to the Associated Press and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:
 
 
An 18-year-old Mattawa, Wash., man is jailed on $1 million bail on charges of shooting at a state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officer, who returned fire during a chase.
Jose J. Garcia-Meraze is in jail facing a charge of attempted murder. Also in the jail is his father, Nicholas Garcia-Godinez, 60, who is charged with assault for allegedly drawing a knife during the incident. Garcia-Godinez is being held on $100,000 bail.
The two were arrested Saturday evening after a pursuit by WDFW and the Washington State Patrol. They had a preliminary hearing on Monday.
According to police reports and the Fish and Wildlife Department, the incident began about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when WDFW Officer Chad McGary was checking anglers at Crab Creek, a popular fishing area in Grant County. McGary contacted Garcia-Meraze, who had been fishing but did not possess a fishing license. As McGary was escorting him back to his vehicle to confirm whether he had purchased a license, Garcia-Meraze drew a gun and pointed it at the officer. The man’s father also approached, brandishing a knife.
Garcia-Meraze then escaped to a car and was pursued by WDFW Capt. Chris Anderson. During the pursuit, the suspect turned his vehicle around and drove toward Anderson’s marked vehicle, firing shots and penetrating the driver’s side door with one round. Anderson returned fire after the suspect tried to shoot at him a second time.
After a pursuit of several miles, Garcia-Meraze was apprehended after his car stalled on State Route 28 near Ephrata.
Both men are also being held for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
 

 

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