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Detectives working long days on Brame case

The Washington State Patrol said Tuesday its detectives are working 12-hour days on the criminal investigation into people involved in the David Brame scandal.

A team of six - a captain, a lieutenant, three sergeants and a detective - have been looking into potential criminal issues since early May.

Their investigation began in the days after the Tacoma police chief fatally shot his wife, then himself April 26 in Gig Harbor. The couple were going through a contentious divorce.

State Patrol Chief Ronal Serpas has said the team is looking into a sexual harassment complaint filed against Brame by a Tacoma police officer. The officer claims Brame promised to promote her in exchange for group sex.

The team also is examining whether Catherine Woodard, one of Brame's assistant chiefs, did anything criminal when she accompanied Brame to pick up his children April 11.

Woodard, who was named acting chief in the wake of the Brame shootings, is on leave during the criminal investigation.

The detectives, who are working full time on the Brame investigation, will look into anything else that comes up, Serpas said, declining to be more specific.

Two team members from Spokane and a third from Vancouver are working in the South Sound area with one team member from King County and two from Olympia, said State Patrol spokeswoman Nelsa Brodie.

Team members each work about 12-hour days, five days a week. They are getting help from an analyst and support staff members, Brodie said.

The State Patrol has put no time line on when its investigation will be complete.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268