Special Reports

Crystal's family plans news conference

Crystal Brame's family has scheduled a news conference Monday to announce "important news" and "legal actions" related to her death.

Legal experts have speculated the family would sue the City of Tacoma for negligence in connection with the shooting death of the 35-year-old mother of two.

Tacoma Police Chief David Brame fatally shot his wife and then killed himself April 26 while their children, 8-year-old Haley and 5-year-old David Jr., were nearby.

A media advisory from the Seattle public relations firm Firmani and Associates announced Friday that Crystal Brame's parents, Lane and Patty Judson, and her sister and brother-in-law, Julie and David Ahrens, will speak to reporters at 10 a.m. Monday.

No other information was provided.

Lawyers unconnected to the case have suggested the Brame children have a valid claim against the city and the police department, especially because David Brame used his service weapon to kill his wife of 11 years.

Other attorneys have said that anyone who sues the city or the police department is likely to face a fight over whether anyone could have stopped David Brame from killing Crystal Brame.

The law requires that anyone suing a government first file a claim with the agency and wait 60 days for a response.

Karen Hucks: 253-597-8660