With his young children nearby, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame shot his wife on Saturday, and then fatally shot himself, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. The shootings took place in a shopping center, a day after the couple’s marital problems were publicized. Brame’s estranged wife, Crystal, was in critical condition Saturday night.
Assistant chief Catherine Woodard becomes acting chief of police. She is the first woman to head the Tacoma Police Department. Brame had been chief since Jan. 14, 2002. He had worked his way up through the ranks since joining the department in 1981.
Crystal Brame, 35, had been married to Brame, 44, for more than 11 years. She started divorce proceedings in February. On Friday and Saturday, media outlets reported allegations made in divorce court records of mutual physical and verbal abuse. Neither filed charges against the other.