2 women killed in Lacey, suspect flees with kids, shoots self in Olympia after chase

Two women are dead after being shot Monday at Sunset View Estates off of Yelm Highway Southeast in Lacey.

Police say the suspect, a 32-year-old man, shot himself after a pursuit, and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to reports of a “man with a gun” at the housing development about 5 p.m. Lacey Police Cmdr. Chris Ward said the suspect, who was violating a protection order, shot two women inside the residence on the 5900 block of Crimson Court Southeast.

One woman, 31, believed to be the suspect’s estranged wife, was transported from the scene and later died at a local hospital. The woman’s mother, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect fled by car with two children, believed to be a toddler and a teenager, leading police on a chase winding through Thurston County on Interstate 5, Highway 101 and surface streets that took him south into Tumwater, then into west Olympia.

Ward said the driver shot at police from his vehicle, but police did not fire or attempt to stop the vehicle, knowing the children were in the car.

Scanner traffic reported the suspect traveling at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour on I-5, and passing vehicles on the shoulder. He switched directions several times before eventually exiting near the Olympia auto mall.

Police cornered the suspect at the auto mall just before 5:15 p.m. The suspect fired more shots, including a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his throat. He was removed from the scene and transported to Harborview.

The children were rescued from the vehicle and were not injured.

Two employees at Lincoln Mazda of Olympia heard a lot of commotion around 5 p.m.

Andy Martinez said he heard tires squealing, while Isiah Salyer estimated the suspect drove through the parking lot next door — where he was ultimately stopped by police — at 45 mph.

The Olympia and Lacey police departments, the Thurston County Sherriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol were on the scene at the auto mall. The suspect’s vehicle, a Mazda SUV, was damaged with a broken window and glass was scattered on the lot.

Staff writer Rolf Boone contributed to this report.

Lauren Smith: 360-754-5473, @smithlm12