Woman accused of role in Wash. trooper's killing

February 24, 2012
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This undated photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows Trooper Tony Radulescu. The Washington State Patrol identified Radulescu, 44, as the trooper killed near Port Orchard, Wash., early Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. The agency says he was a 16-year veteran who served his entire career in the patrol's Bremerton district. He was shot after pulling over a pickup truck for a traffic stop near Gorst, about 20 miles west of Seattle. (AP Photo/Washington State Patrol)

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Kitsap County sheriff's officials say a woman has been arrested because she tried to help the killer of a Washington state trooper flee the area.

The sheriff's office didn't release the woman's name Friday, but jail records show that it is the killer's former girlfriend, 32-year-old Jessi Leigh Foster. Investigators said she was arrested for investigation of rendering criminal assistance and has been held on $500,000 bail.

They say that after Joshua Blake shot and killed the trooper during a traffic stop early Thursday, he called Foster, told her he did something bad and needed to flee. She is accused of meeting him at a nearby home and trying to help him escape even after he told her he shot a law enforcement officer.

Foster was still in the home when Blake shot himself fatally, in the head, as a SWAT team closed in.