Union Gap Police: Domestic violence murder suspect in custody for allegedly forcing victim from car & fleeing

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UPDATE on May 18, 2022: Union Gap police arrested a 37-year-old man accused of fatally pushing a woman out of his car following a domestic violence altercation on Monday afternoon.

According to a press release issued by the Union Gap Police Department, officers developed probable cause to arrest Christopher L. Havins for the following crimes: Assault to the fourth degree (DV), Unlawful imprisonment (DV), deadly hit-and-run (DV), and murder in the second degree (DV).

On the morning of May 18, police received an anonymous tip sharing Havins’ potential whereabouts. With help from a Yakima County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit, Havins was located and brought into custody near Leisure Hills Dr in Union Gap.

Several hours later, police recovered his abandoned car—a white 2006 Chrysler Sebring—in an orchard on the 4900-block of Konnowac Pass Rd in Yakima.

UGPD officials confirmed that the victim, Nicole Haggerty, was involved in a physical domestic violence altercation before she was ejected from the vehicle. The injuries she suffered in the altercation ultimately claimed her life.

The following breaking news story has been left unaltered from its original publishing.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Police confirmed that a 39-year-old woman died from injuries she suffered after being ejected from a car following a physical altercation inside the vehicle in Union Gap.

According to the Union Gap Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 1800-block of Ranier Pl for reports of a vehicle/pedestrian collision around 3:47 p.m. on May 16, 2022.

When they arrived, officers discovered a female victim with life-threatening injuries. Following a brief evaluation at the scene, she was rushed to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment. Union Gap Police confirmed that she later died from her wounds in the hospital.

The victim has since been identified publically as Nicole M. Haggerty.

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A witness described a physical altercation between the driver and passenger leading up to the ejection. They also confirmed that the driver did not stop their vehicle after the victim was ejected and fled the scene.

This driver has been described as an adult male who was last seen driving westbound on Ranier Pl near S 18th St. His car is said to be a white Chrysler Sebring.

In light of this fatal altercation, detectives are asking for the community’s help to learn more about what unfolded. Anyone with information to contribute is urged to contact the Union Gap Police Department at 509-0248-0430.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.


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