Woman slain in murder-suicide sought protection order from shooter only five days earlier
Jeffrey Calvert and Christin Stock are shown during a trip to Tofino, British Columbia, in a photo from Calvert's online photo album, "Us -- A Love Story," that Stock objected to in her application for a court protection order.
By Paige Dickerson Peninsula Daily News
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Christin Stock's application for a protective order against Jeffrey Calvert — the 41-year-old Bellingham financial officer who burst into her home and killed her and himself late Sunday afternoon — listed Calvert's Internet photo album he called "Us — A Love Story."
In that online album are 375 photos and short videos that show a onetime happy couple who enjoyed the outdoors and visited many Northwest and Canadian locations, at times with Stock's two young daughters from her former marriage.
Stock handwrote the petition for an order for protection from harassment in Clallam County District Court on Feb. 19 and filed it the next day.
Four days later, Calvert kicked in the back door of Stock's Oak Street house while carrying two guns, handcuffs, a knife, pepper spray, duct tape, a stun gun and ammunition.
As police hurried to the home in response to two 9-1-1 calls, Calvert fatally shot Stock and then shot himself dead.
In her request for a protective order, Stock detailed her ex-boyfriend's behavior as he tried to re-establish their relationship after she moved out of their Bellingham house in October.
She wrote about his excessive gifts, letters and packages — which she ignored.
"I am afraid that as he continues not to get a response from me that he will show up to confront me in person," she wrote five days before she was killed.
"The day I left [in Bellingham], he physically restrained me three times, and stood over me trying to intimidate me as I packed my belongings.
"Jeff needs to understand that I want him to leave me alone."
Port Angeles police said Monday that Calvert had a 1995 stalking conviction involving a different woman in King County that was vacated earlier this month.
Calvert had worked for seven years as a finance manager for the Bellingham Community Food Co-op, according to human resources manager Deborah Craig.
Craig said Calvert was a full-time employee at the time of his death.
Hundreds of photos
Stock said she objected to the public Web site on which Calvert had posted the photo images and home movies of Stock, him and Stock's two daughters, ages 11 and 9.
The images show the smiling couple posing at many locations as well as video depicting the girls playing soccer, some games in Port Angeles.
The images date back to 2005, according to the Web site.
"This Web site portrays us [to a third party] as a couple," she wrote.
"It has been up since I left him."
Stock and Calvert had lived together in Bellingham from July to October last year, a time Stock described as "very troubling months in which I felt emotionally abused."
"When I left," she wrote, "I told Jeff that I never wanted to see or talk to him again."
The application for a protective order would have resulted in a hearing early next month.
She did not ask for an emergency protective order, which would have taken effect immediately.
'Tired of harassment'
Port Angeles Police Chief Terry Gallagher said that although she sought protection from harassment, her friends and family had not indicated during interviews with detectives that she feared for her safety.
"As near as we can tell from talking to her friends, she was not in fear of immediate harm of this man, but she was tired of the harassment, the flowers and all of the cards," Gallagher said.
Packages and cards sent to her included 30 long-stem roses for this month's Valentine's Day — four months after she had broken up with him.
The day before — Feb. 13 — a package arrived containing a variety of homemade movies.
In one Calvert was naked, and the others were of "Jeff talking to me in a disturbing manner," Stock wrote.
Cards were sent throughout the preceding week.
The cards were similar, she wrote, saying they were along the lines of: "I love you. We were meant to be together. I can't live without you."
No police reports
Stock had never contacted Port Angeles police to report problems with Calvert, Gallagher said.
She had contacted a lawyer, family friend Jason Hatch of Seattle who helped her resolve a dispute with Calvert over the lease of the Bellingham house they had shared.
Hatch said he also had planned to represent her if the harassment continued, but that she had filed for the protection order on her own.
"This is a horrible event," he said.
"I was very, very sorry to hear about it."
After leaving Bellingham, Stock returned to Port Angeles where she worked as a substitute teacher in the Port Angeles School District — mostly at Jefferson Elementary.
She had served as president of the Jefferson Elementary Parent Teacher Organization in the 2003-2004 school year.
Last year, she completed her student teaching requirements at Jefferson as she worked toward her teaching credentials.
Gallagher said the couple had met online. He was not sure how long they had known each other.
Gallagher said the investigation into Calvert's past will continue.
He said Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Deb Kelly — who also acts as county coroner — does not plan to order an autopsy of either body.
"We will take his DNA, though," Gallagher said.
"That is just a matter of routine, which we use that sample to run and make sure he wasn't involved in any other crimes in the state which are not solved."
The Port Angeles Police Department, in conjunction with Bellingham-area law enforcement agencies, plan to exercise a search warrant of Calvert's Bellingham-area home today, Gallagher said.
A search of the house may provide more clues to Sunday's slaying and any behavior leading up to the events.
Stock and her two daughters had been home for about 15 minutes when Calvert broke in.
Stock attempted to phone 9-1-1, but the call was too garbled for dispatchers to understand.
Her 9-year-old then called 9-1-1 before fleeing upstairs with her older sister to hide in a closet.
Tapes of the calls have not been released by Port Angeles police.
Calvert shot Stock with a semiautomatic .40 caliber handgun that jammed, and then he turned a .357 pistol on himself.
Police heard the first shot as they arrived at the modest home at Oak and 13th streets.
The second round was fired just before police charged the back door, finding both dead and the two children upstairs.
The children are now with relatives, Gallagher said.
Stock's parents were in Mexico on vacation and were returning to the Seattle area on Sunday.
Her mother is a physician in Olympia.
Stock's family has chosen for her to be cremated, and no memorial service arrangements have been made, according to Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel of Port Angeles, which is handling arrangements.
Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: February 26. 2008 9:00PM