LACEY, Wash. - The wife of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier told KIRO 7 her husband “snapped” and had a mental episode when he fired his gun inside their home.
Lacey police said officers responded to 911 calls Monday night near Lacey Boulevard and Violet Street Southeast.
They said 26-year-old Sgt. Carrey Brown exited the house and fired his gun in the street, and after a brief pursuit near the home, an officer responded by shooting him with a rifle.
Brown later died from his wound.
His wife of 3 years, Taquisha Brown, told our crew she hid in the bathroom with their three daughters as her husband yelled obscenities.
“I don't think he wanted to hurt us. If he wanted to, he very much so could have hurt us,” she said.
Brown said her husband served in the Army for at least seven years and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan more than five times.
He was due to finish his service in December.
Brown said her husband was not known to have post-traumatic stress disorder problems, and said the couple never had domestic violence issues.
“I think that he was just in a rage, and I think in that rage it just sparked,” Brown said.
Lacey police said first responders tried to revive Carrey Brown, but he died at a local hospital.
Brown said she doesn’t want this to be the way her husband is remembered.
“He loved me. He loved his girls, he loved his family. He was a happy person.”
The Thurston County Officer Involved Critical Incident Team is investigating. The team includes investigators from the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, Tumwater Police Department, Olympia Police Department, Washington State Patrol and the Lacey Police Department.