Shooting details come to light

"A report contained in a petition for a search warrant has given the first glimpse into the fatal shooting of a Port Angeles woman by a State Patrol trooper in Gorst. Although some details remain sketchy, items uncovered at the scene indicate drugs - including about a pound of marijuana - may have played a role in the incident.In the report, filed in Kitsap County Superior Court one day after the Aug. 9 shooting, State Patrol Det. Matt McMillan said Trooper Ron Kessler stopped 21-year-old Tessa Baskins at about 6:30 p.m. on Highway 16 on suspicion of driving under the influence. After arresting the Port Angeles woman and placing her in his patrol car, Kessler went back to the pickup truck Baskins had been driving to speak with a woman in the passenger's seat, 27-year-old Rosa Hammer, also of Port Angeles. Without saying how, McMillan said a struggle ensued over control of a backpack, and Hammer produced a revolver, which she fired at Kessler, striking him in the right hand. Trooper Kessler was able to draw his backup weapon and fire three shots, which struck Hammer, the account continues. He retreated to a position away from Hammer and maintained cover until other officers arrived. Hammer died at the scene.A search of Hammer's backpack revealed clothing, foam ear plugs, $220 in cash, a small amount of marijuana and a leather holster with six hollow-point bullets, the report says. Meanwhile, a search of the pickup truck turned up three Ziplock baggies containing about 486 grams of marijuana - slightly more than a pound - and an envelope containing $787 in cash, the report continues.Baskins was later transported to the Kitsap County Jail, where she admitted she had been drinking earlier in the day and said she had been smoking marijuana in the truck just prior to being pulled over, McMillan says in his report.Kessler, on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, has not yet been interviewed,authorities say. He was treated for his injuries at Harborview Medical Center and released the next day. Hammer's 5-year-old daughter, who was in the pickup truck and witnssed the incident, was placed in custody of the state's Child Protective Services. "

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