Crime

Man suspected of shooting his wife, himself in Tacoma parking lot identified

After following his wife Sunday when she left their home to stay elsewhere for the night, Fidel Guevara shot her several times after she pulled into a Tacoma parking lot, police said Monday.

The 23-year-old Lacey man then drove to the other side of the parking lot and shot himself in the head, according to police. He died shortly afterward at a hospital.

Guevara’s wife, also 23, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center. Officials declined to comment on her condition Monday.

“They had been having marital problems for some time,” Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The wife was in the process of moving out of their home.

Police gave this account of the shootings:

Early Sunday, the couple argued and the wife left to look for a place to stay in Tacoma. Unbeknownst to her, Guevara followed her in his car.

She pulled into a parking lot housing restaurants and businesses at South 72nd Street near Interstate 5 about 3:30 a.m. and realized her husband was behind her.

He pulled his car in front of hers. Guevara fired multiple shots into his wife’s car, striking her several times.

After he shot himself, his car hit the back of a restaurant.

Witnesses in the area called 911 to report hearing gunshots. Police found Guevara and his wife suffering from gunshot wounds in their respective vehicles.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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