North Kitsap Man Dies Following Police Pursuit That Ended Badly
Police say driver shot himself while pursuit
April 19, 2017
(SILVERDALE, WA.) -- Police say a North Kitsap county man was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at a Seattle hospital following a vehicle pursuit that ended when his vehicle crashed in a restaurant parking lot in Silverdale.
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Kitsap County Sheriff’s traffic deputies are investigating the collision while sheriff’s detectives have initiated an investigation into the death of the driver.
The incident happened just before 6 am at the McDonald’s Restaurant located at 10444 Silverdale Way NW.
According to a statement from the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, about 5:40 am patrol deputies were advised that Poulsbo police officers were in pursuit of a vehicle heading southbound on Viking Way NW.
A Poulsbo officer had initiated a vehicle traffic stop on the 2010 Chrysler 300 for speeding. As the officer approached the car, the driver accelerated and sped away.
The officer pursued the Chrysler along Viking Way NW, leaving the Poulsbo city limits, and headed southbound on Silverdale Way NW into county jurisdiction.
Pursuit speeds fluctuated between moderate and fast, but were not excessive, said the sheriff's office statement.
At about 5:52 am a sheriff’s traffic unit sergeant deployed a vehicle “spike strip” on Silverdale Way NW, near the State Route 303 NW overpass, in order to deflate the tires of the Chrysler and bring the pursuit to a stop. The spike attempt was successful.
The Chrysler ended up crashing in the parking lot of a McDonald’s Restaurant. As officers approached the vehicle to contact the driver, they reported that the driver "had sustained an extreme head injury."
The driver was taken out of the car by emergency medical crews and emergency medical first aid was administered.
He was then taken to Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale and from there turned over to the care of Airlift Northwest and flown to Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.
He was later pronounced deceased by attending emergency room staff at Harborview.
"The detective’s investigation, together with evidence obtained at the crash site, indicates that the driver sustained an obvious self-inflicted gunshot injury immediately after the spike strip deployment," said the statement.
The Chrysler, out of control, then veered across the roadway centerline and the two northbound lanes of travel, entered the restaurant’s driveway, crossed over a curb and continued on until it hit the rear of an unoccupied 1999 GMC SUV that was parked at the south end of the front lot.
Sheriff’s detectives recovered two handguns from the car. The driver was identified as 40-year old Victor Salvatore Schiavone III.
The Chrysler has been impounded pending issuance of a warrant to examine the vehicle for evidence. Anyone who might have information about the driver or the incident is asked to call Detective Lissa Gundrum, 360-337-5669, or Detective Jerry Swayze at 360-337-4479.