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Suspect in Lacey double homicide also accused of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter

Lacey Police Commander Chris Ward updates Thurson County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim (right) and chief criminal deputy prosecutor Jeffery Lippert at the scene of a July 31 shooting on Crimson Court Southeast in Lacey that left two women dead. The suspect in the case shot himself after a pursuit, and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Lacey Police Commander Chris Ward updates Thurson County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim (right) and chief criminal deputy prosecutor Jeffery Lippert at the scene of a July 31 shooting on Crimson Court Southeast in Lacey that left two women dead. The suspect in the case shot himself after a pursuit, and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. sbloom@theolympian.com

The Lacey man accused of fatally shooting the mother and grandmother of his child also is being accused of raping his stepdaughter during the shooting spree.

Ricardo A. Gardin-Gonzalez, 32, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of child rape, and two counts of kidnapping. He’s also charged with first-degree assault, because he allegedly shot at officers while fleeing the shooting scene.

A Thurston County Superior Court judge signed a warrant for Gardin-Gonzalez’s arrest Aug. 3. The suspect, who police say shot himself when cornered at the Olympia auto mall, remains at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

“We’re in a holding pattern until he’s well enough to be transported down here or booked into jail,” Lacey police spokesman Sgt. Jaime Newcomb said.

A report by Detective Jimmy Williams gave this account of the July 31 incident:

Gardin-Gonzalez’s sister called 911 about 4:30 p.m. and said he had assaulted his estranged wife and was holding a gun to her head.

When police arrived at the home on Crimson Court Southeast in Lacey, they saw Gardin-Gonzalez driving away. During a high-speed chase that wove into Tumwater and ended in west Olympia, he shot at officers several times.

Police stopped the car at an auto dealership. Before he could be detained, Gardin-Gonzalez shot himself.

His 11-year-old stepdaughter and 3-year-old son were in the car.

Meanwhile, two Lacey police officers forced their way into the home on Crimson Court. They found Gardin-Gonzalez’s mother-in-law, Kimberly Redford, 51, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Coroner Gary Warnock told The Olympian that Redford was visiting from Missouri to help move her daughter back there.

Officers also found Rachel Gardin-Gonzalez, 31, who had been shot in the neck. Medics transported her to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, where she died.

In an interview with police, the 11-year-old stepdaughter said Ricardo Gardin-Gonzalez sneaked into the house and she saw him immediately shoot Redford. The girl said her stepfather then sexually assaulted her twice.

According to the report, she told police Ricardo Gardin-Gonzalez then attacked her mother when she came home, then put both children in his estranged wife’s car and drove away.

Court records show Ricardo Gardin-Gonzalez had been ordered to stay away from his estranged wife and the two children.

Rachel Gardin-Gonzalez had filed for an emergency protection order on July 3 after an argument in which she said her estranged husband took her phone to stop her from calling 911 and then threatened to kill himself.

She said he was prohibited from owning a gun because of past felony convictions. In 2003, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault 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.

On July 3, a court commissioner issued a temporary protection order against Ricardo Gardin-Gonzalez, who was told to stay away from the home on Crimson Court Southeast.

Ricardo Gardin-Gonzalez filed for divorce July 5. The couple had been married since 2010, according to court records.

In the divorce petition, Ricardo Gardin-Gonzalez asked for child support and primary custody of the children. The couple was to appear in court Aug. 3 to begin divorce proceedings.

Staff writer Lauren Smith contributed to this report.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445, @Amelia_Oly

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