Marcos Perea, 41

Lakewood, Washington
February 20, 2016

Agencies: Washington State Patrol | Steilacoom Police Department Washington | Pierce County Sheriff's Office Washington

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: about 6 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.

After an officer maneuvered his vehicle to make Perea spin out near the Thorne Lane exit, Perea allegedly got out of his car and began shooting at police.

Eleven officers returned fire.

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.

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