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