Tacoma politicians are trading allegations over the promotion of Police Chief David Brame, who shot and killed his wife and himself.
City Manager Ray Corpuz, who promoted Brame, took a leave of absence this week as Mayor Bill Baarsma and council members exchanged barbs over how and why Brame became chief, despite indications of mental instability.
Brame shot and fatally wounded his wife, Crystal, and then committed suicide April 26. The city has launched an investigation into the events, which have focused attention on police executive hiring practices.
Corpuz promoted Brame, a career Tacoma police officer, to chief in December 2001. Brame apparently was endorsed by Baarsma, then mayor-elect. The chief was a former student of the mayor when he was a professor at the University of Puget Sound.