PORT ORCHARD - The gun used by a Utah fugitive to shoot two sheriff's deputies, kill a 13-year-old girl and commit suicide, was originally owned by a man who became a cop.
Anthony A. Martinez, 31, purchased the .40-caliber Glock he used to shoot the deputies, Astrid Valdivia and himself Jan. 23 at the Walmart in Port Orchard, for $650 from a co-worker at a dairy processing plant in Logan, Utah.
The man who sold the gun to Martinez was a former Utah police academy cadet who didn’t complete the training to become an officer, according to the Washington State Patrol’s investigation into the shooting. The aspiring cop purchased the gun from a fellow police academy classmate , who is now a police officer in Logan.
The state patrol had help in tracking the firearm’s history from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The results were outlined in an email from a federal agent to the State Patrol’s lead detective.
Never miss a local story.
Martinez, wanted for kidnapping Valdivia and alerted to authorities by a Port Orchard woman who questioned their relationship, used a .40 caliber Glock to fire a total of 12 shots in the Walmart parking lot after deputies approached him. He shot two of the deputies before a third, Krista Mc-Donald, hit him in the knee . As Martinez fell to the ground he shot Valdivia who was running toward him, before turning the gun on himself, the State Patrol found.