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North Kitsap deputy recovering from injury sustained in Walmart shooting
UPDATE: Deputy Andrew Ejde was discharged from Tacoma General Hospital on Wednesday afternoon and will be recuperating at home, according to a statement from the Kitsap County Sheriff's office.
Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Paul Ejde, a 1980 graduate of North Kitsap High School, has been identified as one of two officers injured in the Port Orchard Walmart shooting Sunday.
Ejde (pronounced “Eh-dah”) was shot in his left shoulder and right arm. On Tuesday, he was hospitalized at Tacoma General Hospital in satisfactory condition and within 48 hours is expected to be discharged home to recuperate, Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson said.
Ejde, 48, has been a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy for 61/2 years. He spent 15 months as a Kitsap County reserve deputy and one year as a King County sheriff’s deputy. He graduated from Central Washington University in 1985 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution technology. He worked for 21/2 years as a manufacturing engineer with Boeing.
Also injured was Deputy John Roy Stacy, 50, of South Kitsap. Wilson described Stacy’s wound as a “gunshot injury” to the right shoulder. Stacy was hospitalized at Tacoma General Hospital and discharged at about 12:30 p.m. Monday. He is recuperating at home.
Stacy has been a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy for nine years, and served for one year as a reserve deputy. He is a 1978 graduate of Kingston High School in Kingston, Okla., earned an associate’s degree in biomedical technology from University of Phoenix, and retired from the U.S. Navy as a chief hospital corpsman with 20 years of service.
Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Krista Rae McDonald, 38, a resident of Pierce County, is believed to be the officer who shot and killed the suspect, Anthony A. Martinez, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Deputies had stopped him to question him about alleged suspicious behavior in the store. He is suspected of having left Utah with an underage teen girl.
McDonald was not injured. She is on administrative assignment pending completion of the Washington State Patrol investigation into the shooting.
McDonald has been a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy for 10 years, and previously served one year as a deputy with Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and two years as an officer with Western Washington University Police Department. She graduated from Olympic High School in 1990 and earned a sociology degree from Western Washington University in 1994.
Washington State Patrol detectives continue their investigation into the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of the suspected shooter and an unidentified female. The shooting occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Port Orchard Walmart.
Following an autopsy Monday, the Kitsap County Coroner's office determined the suspect, Martinez, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to Washington State Patrol.
Monday, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy on the young female who was fatally wounded in the shooting. The cause and manner of death will not be released by the medical examiner’s office until her identity is confirmed and next of kin notified, the State Patrol reported. After that information is given to detectives, it will be provided to the media.
Dental records that will be used to confirm the identity of the female are in the process of being shipped from Utah and are expected to arrive in 1-2 days. It could take up to one week before positive identification is made, the State Patrol reported.
On Tuesday afternoon, detectives searched a 1994 Plymouth van associated with Martinez. Detectives believe Martinez may have had an acquaintance in Port Orchard, according to State Patrol.
Autopsy results, weapons involved in the shooting and other evidence will be sent to the Washington State Crime Lab for forensic analysis.