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The wife of the Tacoma police chief was in critical condition today, a day after her husband shot her in the head in a mall parking lot and then fatally shot himself, the authorities said. The shootings occurred at the Olympic Plaza shopping center in Gig Harbor, a maritime suburb across the Tacoma Narrows, a day after abuse accusations in the couple's divorce case appeared in local papers.
April 28, -- Witnesses who saw Tacoma Police Chief David Brame shoot his estranged wife in a parking lot just south of Seattle all remember the same thing: the couple's children. The couple's 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son were nearby when their father shot their mother, and then turned the gun on himself. Investigators say Brame, 44, shot his wife in the head, then killed himself inside her car at a shopping center parking lot after what police believe was a pre-arranged meeting Saturday. He and his wife, year-old Crystal Brame, had been going through a divorce. The day before the shootings, allegations that he had abused his wife were made public. The chief put their kids, Haley and David,Jr.