February 20, 2016
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 5 years ago
Perea, 41, went to the University Place Care Center where Jessica Ortega, 27, worked about 6:15 a.m. and killed her.
No one else was present at the time.
Lakewood police spotted Perea’s Honda on Interstate 5 shortly after the shooting and gave chase.
Perea allegedly opened fire on officers but didn’t strike any patrol cars. He exited the freeway in Lacey and headed north on I-5.
Pierce County sheriff’s deputies, a Steilacoom officer and a Washington State Patrol trooper joined the pursuit.
The investigation closed I-5 for most of the day and resulted in a 10-mile backup.
It’s unclear whether Perea was served the protection order before he killed Ortega.