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Walmart shooting suspect killed himself, 13-year-old companion
The 13-year-old runaway killed in the Jan. 23 shootout at the Port Orchard Walmart was killed by a bullet fired from the gun of her 31-year-old male companion, not Kitsap deputies.
The male suspect then turned the weapon on himself and committed suicide.
Those detail were leaked Thursday night by Kitsap Prosecutor Russ Hauge from a report prepared by the Washington State Patrol on the shooting to a Utah newspaper.
WSP had completed its investigation earlier this week and was prepared to release the findings in a press conference after Hauge had familiarized himself with the report, Sheriff Steve Boyer reported in Tuesday.
But Hauge’s comments turned up in a Salt Lake City Tribune story Thursday afternoon.
According to the WSP’s ballistics report, Anthony A. Martinez of Salt Lake City was struck by two different types of bullets, Hauge told the newspaper.
One bullet that came from a deputy’s weapon hit Martinez in the knee or lower leg, disabling him, while a second bullet hit the center of Martinez's chest, piercing his heart.
That bullet matches bullets fired from his own gun.
The same weapon was used to kill Valdivia, who was shot twice at close range, Hauge said.
He declined to speculate on why Martinez would kill Valdivia.
Hauge said surveillance cameras in the Walmart parking lot recorded “significant portions” of the shootout.
Kitsap deputies Andrew Ejde and John Stacy were wounded by Martinez after responding to a “suspicious person” report from someone in the store.
A third deputy, Krista McDonald, arrived shortly thereafter and it was believed until yesterday she had killed Martinez.
Valdivia was last seen by Utah authorities around Jan. 18, when she cut off an electronic monitoring device used to track her whereabouts and run away from the South Salt Lake foster care facility where she was living.
It was the second time she had run away with Martinez.