Martinez man identified as slain shooter

A Contra Costa County sheriff's office spokesman identified 49-year-old Felix Sandoval Jr. Sunday as the man who was killed after he fatally shot a 44-year-old woman and a Martinez police sergeant Saturday near a hair salon in Martinez.

Martinez police Sgt. Paul Starzyk and Catalina Torres, 44, were both killed during the incident, as was Sandoval, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

The exact relationship between Torres and Sandoval has not been released by the sheriff's office.

Starzyk and another officer were responding to a call at Elegant Hair Design at 3596 Pacheco Blvd. shortly after 11:30 a.m. where a woman had reported her ex-husband was trying to kill her, Lee said. Upon arrival, Starzyk and the other officer were confronted by Sandoval, who had a gun.

There was an altercation between the officers, Sandoval and Torres and they all ended up at a four-unit apartment complex located behind the beauty salon, Lee said. Inside the apartment, Starzyk, Torres and Sandoval were shot.

Starzyk was transported to John Muir Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to Lee. Torres and Sandoval were pronounced dead at the complex.

No other injuries were reported.

The intersection of Pacheco Boulevard and Morello Avenue was temporarily closed while police investigated the shootings, according to California Highway Patrol.

Starzyk was a 12-year veteran of the Martinez Police Department. He leaves behind his wife and three small children.

“The Martinez Police Department is a small Police Department. It is a place where everyone knows each other. It is a tough time for them,” Lee said this morning.

A joint investigation is ongoing, Lee said.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a statement Sundaysaying he and his wife Maria were deeply saddened to learn that Martinez police Sgt. Paul Starzyk was killed in the line of duty in the city this weekend.

“The people of California are forever indebted to Paul's tireless service and we will never forget his selfless dedication to public safety,” Schwarzenegger said in a prepared statement. “Maria and I send our thoughts and prayers to Paul's family, friends and fellow officers as they mourn this tremendous loss.”

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