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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 |
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.”

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