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UPDATED: Woman dies after officer-involved shooting in Bonney Lake

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 14, 2011 at 5:51 am with 14 Comments »
November 14, 2011 7:43 am

A woman who was shot Sunday afternoon in an exchange of gunfire Pierce County law enforcement officers in Bonney Lake has died of her injuries.

Holly Crahay, a 38-year-old SeaTac resident, died late Sunday at a local hospital, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported this morning. An autopsy is planned for later today.

She was critically wounded Sunday afternoon.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department gave this account:

Crahay was spotted driving recklessly in a shopping center parking lot near 196th Avenue in Bonney Lake about 2:50 p.m. Sunday. She drove away when a deputy tried to pull her over.

That began a pursuit westbound on state Route 410 in which the woman drove on shoulders and into oncoming traffic. On Myers Road, a deputy performed a “pursuit intervention technique” in which he pushed the back of her car, then pinned it against a guardrail.

By then, another deputy and a Bonney Lake police officer had joined the pursuit. Trapped, Crahay opened fire on two of the vehicles, breaking a patrol car window and cutting a deputy’s face.

The deputies and officer returned fire. When the pit bull exited the woman’s car, they shot and killed it.

The deputies and officers were put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure when officers use deadly force.

A reader who identified himself as Crahay’s son posted a comment on The News Tribune’s website saying Crahay had five children. He said he’s been trying to get his mother some help for mental health issues.

At the time of her death, Crahay was wanted in King County. She was charged last month with violating a protection order, felony harassment-domestic violence and unlawful possession of a firearm. Crahay was accused of having contact with her children despite court orders to stay away from them, court documents state.

She had sent one son a text message and said she had a gun. She said she was upset with CPS for taking one of her children and said she was going to either shoot someone in Tacoma for taking the child or shoot herself, court documents state.

The gun was later located.

In court documents, prosecutors asked that Crahay be held in lieu of $60,000 bail when she was caught on the charges.

“The defendant has a history of domestic violence assaults against these particular victims and has repeatedly demonstrated her unwillingness to abide by no contact orders issued by this and other courts,” court documents state. “Additionally, there is probable cause to believe that she is unlawfully in possession of a firearm and that she may use it to harm herself or others, particularly family members. Given the evidence uncovered by the investigation in
this case, it appears the defendant may have significant mental health issues that make her a danger to both herself and the community and that she has a substantial likelihood of committing additional violent crimes while out on self recognizance.”

Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. m9078jk3 says:

    At least the taxpayers won’t have to foot the bill to have to pay for a trial and possible long term incarceration.The family of the suspect though will be in mourning and it’s sad that they will be the ones to suffer for what transpired.Very sad too as the holiday season is approaching.

  2. saywhat253 says:

    well this is what happens when you drawn down with pierce county sheriffs they are trained to take down a target you mam where the target when u decided not to pull over and hand the officer your wa id and registration… must be on meth!

  3. auwing1978 says:

    Sad. A very troubled woman. She is easy to find on Facebook and reading her entries is chilling

  4. GeronimoV says:

    Sad how quick to pass judgement some people are. I read the article, then the comments, and feel shame and pity for some people.

  5. Patches_Pal says:

    Alot of folks have trouble dealing with life. Holly sounds like a woman that could not play by the rules. With her repeated domestic violence issues and defiance of the court this ending seems predictable. It is unfortunate but thankfully no one else lost their life.

  6. pikgitar says:

    I suppose the Trib (and Stacy) think that all those posting how good it is that the cops killed this woman is just fine. Then delete my post expressing my disgust with the postings by those who are thrilled with this woman’s death. Who ever deleted my previous post is a coward and deserving of my disgust. Would that be you, Stacy? Do you remember me Stacy? I sure remember you and what you wrote about me.

  7. m9078jk3 says:

    OMG another 414 (^) send for some M.H.P.’s and quick.

  8. lovethemountains says:

    I think you’re right m9078jk3. pikgitar’s posts are quite telling.

  9. Yeah, you shoot at a cop, the cops should shoot to kill.

  10. @auwing1978: Very true. Some haunting pictures therein, as well. Pictures of both her car and a gun.

  11. whatthehell says:

    pit biulls is no good kill it

  12. ginahopk says:

    the dog shouldn’t have been shot

  13. bonney lake is the place to go when you want a cowboy trigger happy cop to put your lights out.

  14. She was shot twice in the head and once in the spine, and the dog was still a puppy so “charging”, hmmm not likely, it was probably just trying to flee the gun shots. Her family tried to get her help, the courts and the law knew that she was a threat to herself and society and they still would not give her the help she needed. The courts let her out onto the streets time and time again even with the families pleads to get her help and their recognition that she was a threat to herself and the community. We all need to call our congress men to get a new “Holly’s Law” put into place to help to make sure people with mental illness like Holly get the help they need before they are released with known threats. We need Holly’s law so that this does not happen again, again, again, and again. We all watch the news and see this every day.

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