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.
The immediate cause of death to the driver, 38 year-old David F. Stewart, was a perforating contact gunshot wound to the head. His death has been classified as a suicide.