A man killed his estranged ex-wife and her mother in Lacey this afternoon, kidnapped his kids, took off on I-5 triggering a high-speed pursuit, and ended up at the Toyota dealership at the Olympia Auto Mall where he shot himself as police closed in.
Cmdr. Chris Ward with the Lacey Police Department said the man went to the home and shot his wife and her mother. The wife died at the scene. The woman’s mother later died at the hospital.
Police said the husband then took the two small children and left, fleeing police.
Police say the man fired shots at them as he drove. But police, understanding that there were children in the car, did not return fire, Ward said.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. No word yet on his condition. Police said the children are safe and were not hurt.
Witnesses estimated that the car was going 45 mph through the Lincoln Mazda parking lot next door to Toyota.
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