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Man killed in shootout with trooper was nephew of WA state auditor

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SPANAWAY, Wash. (AP) - The state trooper wounded in a shootout in Spanaway is in good condition at Madigan Army hospital, recovering from five bullet wounds -- four to her legs and one to an arm. The patrol says Kelly Kalmbach is expected to recover. The 47-year-old is a five-year veteran of the patrol She was wounded after pulling over a drunken-driving suspect at a service station early today in Spanaway. The patrol says he broke away while she was trying to handcuff him, got a gun from his car and opened fire. The man drove away and was found by Pierce County sheriff's deputies with his car stopped a few miles away. Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says when the man refused to put down his gun he was shot and killed. He has been identified as 24-year-old Jack Sonntag of Spanaway, nephew of state Auditor Brian Sonntag. Sonntag says it was a "tragic thing all the way around." He says he's concerned for his brother's family and also for the trooper and the deputy sheriffs. Sonntag said his nephew had never been arrested and enjoyed his job as an auto mechanic.
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