TACOMA, Wash. - The Pierce County medical examiner's office says a gunman who killed a Tacoma teacher committed suicide and did not die from being shot by a sheriff's deputy.
The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Thursday that forensic tests showed 30-year-old Jed Waits of Ellensburg died Feb. 26 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
He had stalked and shot Jennifer Paulson, a special education teacher at Birney Elementary School.
Waits was stopped a short time later by the deputy and pulled a gun. Both men fired. The deputy was not wounded.