Kelly Wark came across as painfully shy and artistically talented, friends and family say, not as someone who suffered from a mental illness...
Kelly Wark came across as painfully shy and artistically talented, friends and family say, not as someone who suffered from a mental illness that led to a fatal gunbattle involving a Lehi, Utah, police captain.
The former Spokane-area woman fired two bullets into Capt. Harold Terry’s head during a traffic stop Monday before being shot and killed by responding officers, authorities said. Terry, a 16-year police veteran, is expected to recover.
“She had struggled with mental illness and was on her way to begin anew,” said Erin Wark, Kelly’s sister. The 34-year-old was attending massage therapy school in Lindon, Utah.
The family had hoped, Erin Wark added, that she was doing well and taking her medication.
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But about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, gas station workers reported that Kelly Wark was slurring words, staggering and seemed generally impaired, according to Lehi Police. Terry stopped the car with Washington plates a few moments later. The woman pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and fired from the front seat, police said.
The family described Wark as “a gentle soul.” Other than a few traffic tickets, Wark had no criminal history.
Wark, who grew up in Gig Harbor, was living in Cheney in May 2005 and moved to Spokane Valley sometime in 2006, where she resided until late 2007, according to court records. In February, she reportedly lived at an address in Olympia.
She was featured in a Spokesman-Review article in March 2007 about being engaged to a man she met during speed dating with the Spokane Christian Singles. Wark and Craig Hancock married in June 2007, but they divorced a short time later, friends and family said.
Hancock — a truck driver — was unaware of Wark’s mental illness before he married her, said Cathy Prows, founder of Spokane Christian Singles, who attended the couple’s wedding. “He lived with her, and he didn’t even know it,” Prows said. “It wasn’t until they separated that he found out.”