Tacoma man pleads not guilty to allegedly killing his wife

A Tacoma man whose wife was found dead in their apartment last week pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Darrin L. Brooks, 48, jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Renee Brooks, 28, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

A friend who hadn’t heard from Renee Brooks for several days went to her apartment in the 1100 block of South Highland on Friday and discovered her dead.

Police officers called to the scene reported it appeared a struggle had taken place and that Renee Brooks had suffered several gunshot wounds to the head, court records show.

Neighbors told officers they saw Darrin Brooks enter the couple’s apartment about 5:30 to 6 a.m. Thursday and then heard two or three “pops.” Darrin Brooks then left the apartment, the witnesses said.

Police spotted him driving a stolen car on Saturday and tried to stop him, court records show.

Instead of complying, Brooks allegedly drove through a red light and tried to elude officers, according to the records. The chase ended when the car jumped a curb and slid into the lawn of a house.

Officers then took Brooks into custody at gunpoint.

During an interview with detectives, Brooks said he and his wife had gotten into an argument that led to a physical fight, court records show.

“He described ‘screaming and smashing’ before he blacked out and could not remember what happened next,” deputy prosecutor Jared Ausserer wrote in charging papers.

“When asked if his wife was still breathing when he left, the defendant said that he did not know.”

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