Kitsap Sheriff: Walmart Shooting Is 'Every Sheriff's Nightmare'
KIROTV.COM - New details emerged on Monday in the fatal shootout at a Port Orchard Walmart that took place on Sunday. Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer, who spoke on Monday for the first time since the shooting, called it "every sheriff's nightmare."
"When one of your people is hurt, you just can't hardly breathe," Boyer said, and added that he didn't sleep much overnight. Two Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies were wounded in the shootout, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
The suspect, identified Monday as Anthony A. Martinez, 30, of Salt Lake City, and a woman who was with him were killed.The shooting happened at about 3:45 p.m. on Sunday after deputies received calls about a man walking around with a gun at the store.When the deputies arrived at the store and tried to talk to Martinez, he ran and the woman followed him, the Washington State Patrol said.
The deputies followed, and Martinez turned and fired shots at them with a semi-automatic handgun.Both deputies were hit and unable to return fire, police said.
"The one deputy that was wounded was actually doing first aid and trying to help the more seriously injured deputy, and he was so focused on doing this, he didn't even really realize how badly he'd been hurt," Boyer said.One of the deputies left Tacoma General Hospital on Monday.
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