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Role 'misrepresented,' Woodard declares

Catherine Woodard, in her first public statement since being removed as Tacoma's acting police chief, said Tuesday her part in David and Crystal Brame's divorce has been misunderstood.

She also said she welcomed a Washington State Patrol investigation into an incident April 11, when she went with Brame to pick up his children from his in-laws' Gig Harbor home.

"I am also saddened by the way my role in the events leading to this unfortunate incident has been portrayed in the media," Woodard said Tuesday in a statement issued by her attorney.

That night, Woodard went with Brame to pick up his children at the Canterwood home where Crystal was staying.

Later, Crystal Brame called 911 and said her husband and Woodard used "false pretenses" to enter the gated community.

She also told a dispatcher Woodard had intimidated and threatened her in the past, though she didn't elaborate.

"The allegations ... have entirely misrepresented what was a sincere effort to help David and Crystal (both of whom I considered friends) at a difficult and sensitive time - returning some of Crystal's personal belongings to her and picking up the couple's children for David's visitation," Woodard said.

"My intent was to be a neutral party and to help defuse the situation. Apparently, that was never communicated to Crystal by her attorney."

Woodard was named acting chief in the hours after Brame, then chief, fatally shot his wife, then committed suicide April 26.

Less than a week later, City Manager Ray Corpuz put Woodard on administrative leave as the State Patrol investigated the April 11 incident.

Woodard's statement said she "will provide the investigators all the information I have on what happened there."

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268