The girl who died Sunday after a shootout involving Kitsap County sheriff's deputies outside a Port Orchard Walmart has been identified as 13-year-old Astrid Valdivia, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday.
Dental records were used to identify the Utah teen, who died of multiple gunshots, according to the medical examiner.
Astrid was with Anthony A. Martinez, 30, when he fired on two deputies and wounded them before a third deputy shot him to death. Witnesses said Astrid was shot when she ran to help Martinez after he was shot.
She was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where she died later Sunday.
Astrid, who had a history with Martinez in Utah, was thought to be the girl, but Pierce County officials did not have enough information to officially confirm her identity until dental records were checked.
Astrid’s parents in Utah told a Salt Lake City newspaper this week that they believed the girl killed was their daughter, who had run away from a foster home Jan. 18.
After the girl ran away, Utah authorities told the newspaper they believed she was with Martinez.
The shootout erupted about 3:40 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot after deputies Andrew Ejde and John Stacy came to the store on Bethel Road to check out a 911 call about a man acting suspiciously.
They approached Martinez and were walking him to their patrol car to detain him when he broke free and fired backward at them as he ran, investigators have said.
Ejde, 48, was shot in the left shoulder and arm; Stacy, 50, was shot in the right shoulder. Both were released from the hospital earlier this week.
As the two fell to the ground, deputy Krista Rae McDonald, 38, who also had responded to the 911 call, came around from the back of the store and opened fire, killing Martinez.
Astrid had been placed in a foster home in South Salt Lake to protect her from Martinez, a family spokesman told the Deseret News.
Last September, Astrid ran away with Martinez. He was arrested in October and charged with child kidnapping after he was found in California with the girl. He was free on $25,000 bail when Sunday’s shootout occurred.
The Medical Examiner’s Office does not do ballistics tests, which could determine who fired the shots that killed Astrid. The guns used in the shootout have been sent to the Washington State Crime Lab for forensic testing. Results could take several weeks.