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911 calls: Turmoil followed by tragedy

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department Thursday released four calls made to 911 in the moments after Tacoma Police Chief David Brame shot his wife, Crystal, and then committed suicide April 26 in a Gig Harbor parking lot.

Also released was a tape of a 911 call Crystal Brame made April 11 from her parents' home in Gig Harbor.

Three hours earlier, her husband and one of his assistant chiefs, Catherine Woodard, picked up his two children at Crystal Brame's parents' home in a gated community.

Below are excerpts from two of the tapes. The full transcripts are available on The News Tribune's Web site, www.tribnet.com.

April 11 call from Crystal Brame to 911:

Crystal: Hello?

911: Hi.

Crystal: OK, basically, what's occurring is my husband and I are going through a divorce.

911: OK.

Crystal: I'm currently staying with my parents. I've been here residing with them since February 24. ... The issues are that I'm staying (with my parents) for security and safety reasons.

911: Right.

Crystal: Because of the numerous death threats from my husband.

911: OK.

Crystal: ... and the reason that this is such an issue because he is the chief of police for Tacoma. He does carry a firearm.

911: Tacoma chief of police?

Crystal: David Brame, my husband that I'm divorcing.

911: Oh, that's your husband, David Brame?

Crystal: Yes, this is where the problem lies. He brought one of the assistant chiefs here, who is now an unwanted guest, who has intimidated and threatened me, during this divorce process. ...

Crystal: We are in the middle of (unintelligible) the divorce and I have my parents here in order to exchange the children for my safety because there has been so many death threats with him. So I have to have this exchange done in front of witnesses so I'm not one-on-one with him, for my own personal safety.

911: OK.

Crystal: He lied to the guards to get in here. ... He told the guard that the Brames were here, (indicated) that they were a couple. They were not, and it was one of his assistant chiefs, a female assistant chief, the one who has also intimidated me.

911: He came there for what, for what reason?

Crystal: He came here for visitation, for his residential time with the children.

911: Oh, and you're upset because he brought someone else?

Crystal: Because he brought someone else who has intimidated me in the last week, week and a half, and it has been reported to the attorney.

911: And what's that person's name?

Crystal: That's Catherine Woodard. She also did so with my father and my mother present and my two small children ...

911: This evening, did she do anything intimidating?

Crystal: She wouldn't leave the property, and also she had some personal items of my clothing. It was agreed upon at the attorneys yesterday that my parents retrieve Crystal's items, enter the home. I'm not going into the home due to safety reasons, and safety issues.

911: OK, and did any death threats take place tonight?

Crystal: No death threats tonight.

911: OK, well, I'll get a call in and I will get someone out there to contact you just as soon as I can.

Crystal: I really appreciate it. Thank you so much.

911 call of April 26

911: What are you reporting?

Caller: We have a shooting in the parking lot on the corner. Right in Gig Harbor, 4700 Point Fosdick Drive, two people shot, one (unintelligible) and one suicide.

911: Where?

Caller: In front of Rite Aid at 4700 Point Fosdick Drive.

911: The person shot themselves?

Caller: Two people. One suicide, one murder.

911: Where on the body is the person shot?

Caller: She's face down on the ground under a car and I can't tell where she is shot. The second person is shot apparently in the head. He is alive.

911: The first one's a female and second one is a male and he's the one that shot himself?

Caller: Yes, upon guessing, yes.

911: What's your name, sir?

Caller: Steve Sutton.

911: Do you know who these parties are?

Caller: Haven't got a clue. We are in possession of a gun, it's looks like a .45 or a 9-millimeter. ... I'm standing in front of it now.

911: OK, that's good, keep everybody away, is that possible to do?

Caller: Yes.

Caller: It appears that it maybe a husband and wife, domestic or a boyfriend or girlfriend, I don't know what the relationship is. There are two small kids. They were with the wife apparently.

911: OK, I've got a call into dispatch, do you hear the sirens?

Caller: The Pierce County sheriff is here now.

911: OK, I'm going to let you go.

Caller: OK, thank you.