Court records show the suspect in Monday’s shooting that left two women dead in Lacey had been ordered to stay away from his wife and children, and that the couple was about to begin divorce proceedings.
Police were called to the home on Crimson Court Southeast Monday afternoon after a report of a man with a gun. After the shooting, the wife, 31, was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and later died. Her mother, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lacey Police Department.
The suspect, 32, fled with two children in his car, leading police on a pursuit through Thurston County and opening fire on police. The chase ended near the Olympia auto mall, where police say the man shot himself. The suspect was in critical condition Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Both children were recovered unharmed.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Thurston County Coroner’s Office had not released the names of the victims.
It is The Olympian’s policy not to identify a suspect by name until he or she appears in court.
Protection order issued
Court records show the suspect’s wife filed for an emergency protection order on July 3 after an argument in which he took her phone to prevent her from calling 911 and threatened to kill himself.
The suspect filed for divorce two days later. The couple had been married since 2010, according to court records.
A temporary protection order was granted that barred the suspect from having any contact with the woman and their children, a 3-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl who is the suspect’s stepdaughter. He was also told to stay away from the home on Crimson Court Southeast.
In her petition for a protection order, the woman wrote that the suspect was prohibited from owning a gun because of past felony convictions. The suspect pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in 2003 and was sentenced to six months in jail and one year of probation; two years later, he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and was sentenced to 20 days in jail and one year of probation.
In his divorce petition, the suspect asked for child support and primary custody of the children. The couple was scheduled to appear in court to begin divorce proceedings on Thursday (Aug. 3).
Neighbor: We ‘didn’t hear anything’
Kate Fosmark was in her front yard on Monday afternoon with neighbors and their kids when she saw police with guns drawn going into a house down the street.
“We just pulled everyone (inside) and waited to find out,” she said Tuesday. “Just to think that could be happening when we were out here playing and didn’t hear anything.”
On Tuesday, investigators from Lacey Police Department and Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory were processing the scene, a modest home on a quiet street off Yelm Highway ending in a cul-de-sac.
Adam Johnson lives a few doors down. He said he had seen the family around the neighborhood and but didn’t know them well.
“He seemed like a real nice guy, always waving. I thought that was real nice,” he said.