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Spanaway woman’s death ruled homicide, husband’s a suicide

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
April 6, 2011 3:10 pm

The Thurston County Coronor’s Office has ruled a 38-year-old Spanaway woman’s death a homicide and her husband’s a suicide after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 5 on Tuesday.

Kristy Sampel died of a penetrating gunshot wound to the head, Coroner Gary Warnock announced in a press release this afternoon. David Stewart, also 38, also died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Warnock said Sampel was shot during the police pursuit on I-5. She was still alive at the end of the pursuit. Paramedics removed her from the car and put her in an ambulance, where she died, he said.

“It was a recent gunshot wound to her head,” Warnock said.

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