A Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a shootout with an armed man two years ago near Port Orchard was among 18 law enforcement officers and firefighters awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor today during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Krista McDonald shot and wounded a man outside a Walmart store on Jan. 23, 2011, after he had wounded two deputies and fatally shot a 13-year-old Utah girl. The wounded man, Anthony Martinez, 31, then killed himself with a gunshot to his heart.
“This year’s Medal of Valor recipients have fearlessly responded to desperate cries for help – courageously risking their own lives to secure innocent victims, protect fellow officers, and end deadly assaults,” Attorney General Eric Holder said during the ceremony. “These extraordinary public servants have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty. And today, I am honored to join Vice President Biden in bestowing one of our nation’s most prestigious decorations on each of these heroes.”
The Medal of Valor, authorized by the Public Safety Medal of Valor Act of 2001, is awarded by the president to public safety officers cited by the Attorney General.
Martinez had reportedly kidnapped 13-year-old Astrid Valdivia from a Salt Lake City foster home prior to the shootout at Walmart.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the store in response to a report of a “suspicious” person with a gun, authorities said. As deputies John Roy Stacy and Andrew Ejde were leading Martinez away from the store, he bolted, pulled out a gun and fired over his shoulder, wounding both officers, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
McDonald fired at Martinez, striking him in the leg. As Martinez lay on the ground, Valdivia ran toward him and he shot her before fatally shooting himself.
Valdivia later died at Tacoma General Hospital.
Police said Martinez had an inappropriate relationship with Valdivia.
Last year, McDonald received the state’s highest law enforcement award.