Prosecutor: Officers’ use of deadly force was justified

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has ruled that two police officers were justified when they shot and killed a 38-year-old woman who had shot at a third officer near Bonney Lake in November.

“The other officers reacted quickly and lawfully to protect their fellow officer and themselves,” Lindquist said Thursday.

He gave this account of the Nov. 13 incident:

Sheriff’s deputy Tristin Marrs stopped Holly Crahay of SeaTac for expired license tabs about 2:50 p.m. on state Route 410. Crahay pulled into a parking lot and stopped her car. As Marrs approached the car, Crahay sped off.

Marrs, Bonney Lake police officer Kyle Torgerson and Sheriff’s deputy Kelly Carolus pursued Crahay.

Marrs pinned Crahay’s car against a guardrail on Myers Road and Crahay fired two shots at Carolus. One bullet went through the windshield of his patrol vehicle and “into the baseball cap he was wearing, leaving a hole in the cap,” Lindquist said. Carolus was not injured.

Marrs and Torgerson shot Crahay in the head and torso and she later died of her wounds. Marrs also shot and killed a pit bull that lunged from the car after the gunfire.

Family members have said Crahay had a history of mental health issues.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268 stacey.mulick @thenewstribune.com