Federal authorities will join the investigation of the murder-suicide involving former Tacoma, Wash., Police Chief David Brame, the Seattle Post-Intellincer reports. The basis of federal jurisdiction was not immediately clear, but civil rights violations seemed a possibility.
Shortly after the expanded probe was announced, longtime Tacoma City Manager Ray Corpuz Jr. will retire from his $175,000-a-year job when the investigations end, the Seattle Times reports. The unexpected announcement came as scrutiny intensified over his role in handling rape and abuse allegations against the late police chief.
“Given the knowledge I have today, some of my decisions would have been different,” Corpuz said. Corpuz put himself on paid administrative leave after Brame fatally shot his wife, Crystal Brame, and killed himself April 26.
Corpuz, who has been city manager since 1990, said Brame ultimately was to blame for his “selfish and irrational act.” The tragedy, however, revealed holes in the city’s personnel system that must be fixed, he said.