A Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy was justified in shooting a man who opened fire on two of her colleagues outside a Port Orchard Walmart in January, Prosecutor Russell D. Hauge announced today.
Deputy Krista Rae McDonald shot 31-year-old Anthony Martinez in the left leg Jan. 23 as he sprinted across the Walmart parking lot, turned and shot two deputies as he tried to escape.
“Deputy McDonald utilized deadly force, but only after seeing two of her fellow officers shot down,” according to a 4-page report released today.
Although McDonald shot Martinez, the medical examiner ruled that he died from a self-inflicted wound to the chest.
A woman who knew Martinez via the Internet called deputies that day to report concerns that his behavior was more romantic than parental toward 13-year-old Astrid Valdivia, whom he had identified as his daughter.
Martinez was wanted in Utah for possible inappropriate contact with Astrid, who had recently run away from a foster home. At the time of the shootout, he was out on bail for a child kidnapping charge after he was found in California in October with the girl.
His family has said Martinez was helping Astrid escape a rough home life.
McDonald and deputies John Stacy and Andrew Edje went to Walmart to speak with Martinez, who took off running when Stacy asked to pat him down.
The deputies had been informed that Martinez was likely armed with a gun.
Stacy fell after trying to grab Martinez so Edje started to chase him. Martinez shot Edje twice, in the shoulder and in the arm, before shooting Stacy in the shoulder.
McDonald, who had waited by her patrol car while the other deputies approached Martinez, shot him once in the leg.
Investigators say Martinez then shot Astrid twice as she approached him before shooting himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the girl later died at a hospital.