A suspect led officers on a high-speed chase after shooting two women at a Lacey home Monday, according to police.
Lacey Police Commander Chris Ward said the man violated a protection order by going the home on Crimson Ct. SE where the women where.
When officers arrived, one woman was found dead. Another was transported to an area hospital where she later died of her injuries.
The man led Olympia police and state patrol on a chase for about five miles with his two young children in the car.
Police say he was shooting at officers during the pursuit. According to Ward, officers didn’t return fire for fear of the children's safety.
Officers say the man shot himself after crashing. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
The children were safely removed from the car.
The Thurston County Coroner on Wednesday identified the victims as Rachel Gardin-Gonzalez, 31, the wife of the suspect. She died of a gunshot wound to the neck and blunt force trauma of the head. The other victim is Rachel's mom, identified as Kimberly Redford, 51, from Missouri. She died from gunshot wounds to the head and neck and blunt force trauma to the head.
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