King County authorities identify Issaquah gunman

September 27, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Sept. 27, 2011

King County authorities identified the gunman slain in Issaquah on Sept. 24 as Ronald W. Ficker, a 51-year-old Maple Valley man.

Ficker died from multiple gunshot wounds, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Tuesday afternoon.

Issaquah police fatally shot Ficker on the Clark Elementary School campus after the gun-toting man abandoned a car on a downtown street and led police through downtown Issaquah. Officials said Ficker died at the scene.

King County property records indicate Ficker purchased a house in rural King County south of Issaquah in 1989.

Ficker posted a link on his Facebook page Sept. 18 to a New Zealand-based support group called the Hearing Voices Network.

“We believe that hearing voices is a normal variation of human experience.It is estimated that between 3-5 percent of the population hear voices, yet less than 1 percent are ever diagnosed with an illness,” the group’s website states.

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