Tacoma man charged with murdering wife during argument

Tacoma man charged with murdering wife during argument
Darrin Brooks appears at his arraignment on July 7, 2014.

TACOMA, Wash. -- A Tacoma man shot and killed his wife during an argument last Thursday, leaving her body in their apartment where it was found by a friend on the Fourth of July, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

The friend had not heard from Renee Brooks in several days and went to her apartment at 1111 S. Highland Ave. around 1:45 p.m. July 4 to check on her.

The apartment door was open when the friend arrived, and Brooks' body was lying inside, according to the charging documents. The friend called 911, and medical personnel confirmed Brooks was dead.

According to the charging documents, there were signs of a struggle, including blood splattered on a wall and mattress, and Brooks had several gunshots to her head.

Two neighbors reported seeing Brooks' husband Darrin arriving at the apartment between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., hearing several "pops," then seeing Darrin running from the apartment.

According to the charging documents, Tacoma Police Department officers spotted Darrin Brooks driving a stolen car July 5 and attempted to stop him.

Brooks ran a red light and was eventually arrested at gunpoint after crashing the stolen car onto someone's front yard, according to the charging documents.

Brooks reportedly told officers he had talked to his father and decided to turn himself in but was too nervous.

According to the charging documents, he said he and his wife had gotten into an argument and physical altercation. He told police the last thing he remembers before blacking out is "screaming and smashing."

Brooks, who has been charged with murder, reportedly told police he couldn't believe what he had done.