A 13-year-old Utah girl who died during a shootout between Kitsap County deputies and a man outside a Port Orchard Walmart store in January was killed when the wounded man put two bullets in her chest after she ran to him, the State Patrol said Friday.

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A 13-year-old Utah girl who died during a shootout between Kitsap County deputies and a man outside a Port Orchard Walmart store in January was killed when the wounded man put two bullets in her chest after she ran to him, the State Patrol said Friday.

The man, Anthony Martinez, was wounded by a deputy, but he killed himself with a gunshot to his heart, according to the State Patrol’s investigation into the Jan. 23 shootout. Martinez wounded two sheriff’s deputies before he died.

“This was a murder-suicide,” said Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins.

The State Patrol investigation clarifies what happened outside the Walmart store after deputies encountered Martinez, who had reportedly kidnapped 13-year-old Astrid Valdivia from a Salt Lake City foster home.

Investigators initially believed Deputy Krista McDonald had fired the shots that killed Martinez.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Walmart 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.

A third deputy, McDonald, 38, fired at Martinez, striking him in the leg and taking him to the ground, said Calkins.

As he lay on the ground, Calkins said, Valdivia ran toward him and Martinez fired at her twice before fatally shooting himself in the chest.

Valdivia was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where she died.

“Astrid had gunpowder on her clothing, but the deputy was 60 feet away,” Calkins said. “The angle of her wounds — in an upward direction — indicate they could only have come from someone lying nearby.”

Ejde, 48, who was shot in the arm and shoulder, remains on medical leave, according to Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson.

Stacy, 50, has recovered from his shoulder wound and is back at work.

McDonald remains assigned to administrative duty pending the results of the investigation, Wilson said.

According to Utah court documents, Valdivia had met Martinez, 31, when he was dating her mother.

Martinez’s brother, Barrett Martinez, told the Deseret News of Salt Lake City that his brother was not romantically involved with Valdivia and that he was only trying to help the troubled girl during a difficult time.

Calkins said that’s not true.

“We are satisfied there was an inappropriate relationship between this 31-year-old man and this 13-year-old girl,” Calkins said.

According to District Court documents filed in a Davis County, Utah, Valdivia had previously run away with Martinez. After they were located in Sacramento, Calif., Martinez was charged with felony kidnapping in October 2010, and Valdivia was placed in a Salt Lake City foster home.

Martinez was free on $25,000 bail posted by one of his family members, according to Utah police, when Valdivia cut off her electronic-monitoring bracelet Jan. 18 and ran away with him again.

“We feel bad for Astrid’s family,” said Calkins. “They didn’t want her with him, and even if she went willingly, it was still kidnapping.”

Calkins said Deputy McDonald and Martinez both were carrying .40-caliber Glock handguns and were using similar, but not identical, ammunition.

He said the State Patrol will soon release the full results of the investigation into the shooting, including ballistic information and surveillance video.

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or cclarridge@seattletimes.com

Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.