When Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed on New Year's Day, she became the ninth ranger in the history of the National Park Service to be murdered in the line of duty, according to Park Service records.
The following is a list of National Park Service rangers and U.S. Park Police officers who’ve been killed in the line of duty by assailants, with malice aforethought, listed in reverse chronological order. (Note: Other rangers and US Park Police officers have been killed in the line of duty while performing an array of tasks – the following list is limited to those who were murdered.)
January 1, 2012--Ranger Margaret Anderson, Mount Rainier Natioanl Park, Washington. Murdered by a suspect thought to be fleeing from a shooting in Seattle.
August 9, 2002--Ranger Kris Eggle, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona. Murdered by a Mexican drug dealer who fled across the border from Mexican authorities.
December 12, 1999--Ranger Steve Makuakane-Jarrell, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii. Murdered by a transient in a confrontation over the man’s dogs being off-leash.
June 21, 1999--Ranger Joseph Kolodski, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Murdered by gunman who was threatening park visitors.
May 26, 1990--Ranger Robert McGhee, Gulf Islands National Seashore. Shot and killed by prison escapees during a traffic stop.
August 5, 1973--Ranger Ken Patrick, Point Reyes National Seashore. Shot and killed by a game poacher.
June 14, 1940--U.S. Park Police Officer Ike Thompson, National Capital Parks. Shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest for a traffic violation.
August 7, 1932--U.S. Park Police Officer Milo Kennedy, National Capital Parks. Attacked and killed by a mob.
March 12, 1927--Park Policeman James Cary, Hot Springs National Park. Murdered by bootleggers to possibly prevent his testimony at a future trial.