Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has ruled that two officers were justified when they shot and killed a 38-year-old woman near Bonney Lake in November.
“After the deceased shot at one of the officers, missing by inches, the other officers reacted quickly and lawfully to protect their fellow officer and themselves,” Lindquist stated in a press release issued this morning. “This incident again demonstrates the dangers officers face as they serve the public.”
Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Tristin Marrs stopped Holly Crahay for expired license tabs about 2:50 p.m. Nov. 13. Crahay had been driving on Highway 410.
She initially pulled into a parking lot and stopped her car, the press release stated. As Marrs walked to the car, Crahay sped off.
Marrs, Bonney Lake police officer Kyle Torgerson and another Pierce County sheriff’s deputy pursued Crahay. Marrs performed a maneuver on Crahay’s vehicle, which spun out and stopped.
Crahay reportedly fired two shots at one of the deputies.
One bullet went through the windshield of the deputy’s patrol vehicle and “into the baseball cap he was wearing, leaving a hole in the cap,” the press release stated. The deputy was not injured.
Marrs and Torgerson shot several times at Crahay. She was hit in the head and torso and later died of her injuries.
Marrs also shot and killed a pit bull that lunged from the vehicle after the gunfire.
Family members had said Crahay had a history of mental health issues.