The man involved in a shootout Sunday afternoon with Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies in the parking lot of the Port Orchard Wal-Mart has been identified as Anthony A. Martinez, 30, from Salt Lake City, Utah, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Trooper Krista D. Hedstrom said the Kitsap County coroner identified Martinez. He was shot and killed by a deputiy after he shot two other deputies. His companion, a teenage girl, also was shot and died at a Tacoma hospital.
The teenage girl has yet to be officially identified. An autopsy on the girl is scheduled today by the Pierce County Medical Examiner.
According to a story Friday in The Deseret News, police in South Salt Lake are looking for a 13-year-old girl who may be in the company of a man named Anthony Allen Martinez. She fled a foster home where she was staying in South Salt Lake.
Washington State Patrol investigators wouldn’t comment on the newspaper story.
South Salt Lake Police spokesman Gary Keller told the newspaper that Martinez, who they said was 30 years old, may be driving a blue 1994 Plymouth Voyager Sport Van. In Port Orchard, law enforcement personnel are investigating a dark-colored van found in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They believe the van is connected to Martinez.
Last September, the 13-year-old girl ran away and police found her early the next month in Sacramento with Martinez, who at the time, they described as having a history of violence, according to the story.
Although Martinez attempted to flee, he was captured and arrested on multiple charges.
In November, he pleaded not guilty to a first-degree felony charge of child kidnapping, the story said. Bail was set at $25,000, which Martinez paid and was released from custody.
An autopsy of Martinez is scheduled by the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office this afternoon.
A check of public records by The News Tribune revealed Martinez had convictions for aggravated assault in 2003 and drugs in 2006 in Utah.
One of the two deputies who were shot was released today from Tacoma General Hospital, a Kitsap County Sheriff’s spokesman said. The other deputy may be released Tuesday or Wednesday, he said.
Information on the deputies who were shot as well as the female deputy who shot Martinez will be released Tuesday afternoon.