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One Year Later: The Brame Shootings - A man snapped, a city staggered - now we reflect

One year ago, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame fatally shot his wife before turning his gun on himself.

The deaths stunned a city - and not just because of the personal devastation they inflicted.

For weeks afterward, startling revelations spilled out of City Hall suggesting that Brame's act was more than an aberration, that he somehow was the product - and symbol - of a broken government.

A year later, the city is served by an interim city manager and police chief. The City Council includes new faces and a new focus on neighborhoods. Another State Patrol investigation will be released soon and a lawsuit looms.

The anniversary allows us the opportunity to take stock. And maybe to begin to heal.


TODAY: Many who knew of David Brame's troubles so far escape punishment. And we compare the Brame scandal to others in Tacoma's past.

MONDAY: Tacoma Police Department, still with an interim chief, rediscovers its pride.

TUESDAY: Shootings prompt awareness and reform to fight domestic violence.

WEDNESDAY: Gig Harbor moves on from the tragedy. And Crystal's loved ones carry her memory and a desire for reform.

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