The man killed in a shootout with Kitsap County sheriff's deputies Sunday in a Walmart parking lot in Port Orchard was out on bail in connection with a child kidnapping charge in Utah.
The kidnapping charge against Anthony Allen Martinez, 30, of Salt Lake City involved a 14-year-old girl who ran away Jan. 18 from a foster home in South Salt Lake.
A teenage girl – who ran toward Martinez when he was shot – was fatally wounded in the shootout in which Martinez died and two deputies trying to detain him were wounded.
Officials were not saying Monday whether they believe the teen killed Sunday – whose name has not been released – was the same girl Martinez was accused of kidnapping.
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Investigators still are trying to learn the identity of the girl, said trooper Kristi Hedstrom of the Washington State Patrol.
They are aware of a report last week in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City concerning Martinez and the 14-year-old runaway, she said.
“We are aware of the reports that the suspect was last seen with this young runaway,” Hedstrom said. “It’s definitely something detectives are looking into. They are definitely trying to determine if it is the girl.”
Local investigators have talked to Utah authorities, who sent a “grainy” photo of the missing girl, Hedstrom said. But investigators couldn’t match it up to the girl who was shot.
Her fingerprints couldn’t be used to find a match because the missing girl did not have fingerprints on file, Hedstrom said.
Sunday’s shootout happened about 3:40 p.m. after a 911 call reporting a “suspicious” man brought three deputies to the Walmart.
Investigators have declined to provide details of the shooting, including what the man was doing that was considered suspicious and why he was in Port Orchard.
“A lot of stuff is early in the investigation, and detectives don’t usually release a lot of information right away,” Hedstrom said.
A witness gave The News Tribune this account of the shootout:
Two deputies approached Martinez, who was smoking a cigarette in the parking lot, while the third drove around the back of the store to approach him from the other side.
One deputy told Martinez to “take your hat off, son.” As the three walked back to the deputies’ patrol cars, a witness said, Martinez ran away and fired at the deputies without looking, wounding both.
The third deputy came around the back of the store, saw the two go down and shot Martinez. A witness said the girl ran to Martinez and into the line of fire as she grabbed him.
Martinez died at the scene. The girl and the two deputies were taken to Tacoma General Hospital.
One of the deputies was released from the hospital Monday, according to a sheriff’s spokesman. He said the other deputy might be released Tuesday. The identities of the three deputies will be released Tuesday, he said.
The deputy who shot Martinez has been placed on administrative assignment until the investigation is completed, which is standard practice.
In the Deseret News story, South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller said Martinez might be driving a blue 1994 Plymouth Voyager Sport Van. Hedstrom said investigators were checking out a similar van found in the Walmart parking lot.
According to the story, the Utah teen first ran away last September and police found her early the next month in Sacramento with Martinez, who they described as having a history of violence.
Martinez fled and was captured near Stockton, Calif.
He was arrested on multiple charges and pleaded not guilty to a first-degree felony charge of child kidnapping, the story said. Bail was set at $25,000, which Martinez paid and was released.
The girl is believed to have cut off an electronic monitoring device used to track her whereabouts Jan. 18 and left the foster care facility where she was staying in Utah.
A court docket detailed antagonism between the girl’s foster family and Martinez, who was issued a no-contact order to stay away from the teen. Another court appearance was scheduled in the case for Wednesday.
South Salt Lake authorities issued an Endangered Persons Advisory concerning the teen after her latest disappearance.
A check of public records by The News Tribune revealed that Martinez had convictions for aggravated assault in 2003 and a drug charge in 2006 in Utah.
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Staff writer Stacia Glenn contributed to this report.