Woman found slain after husband calls TV station to say he killed her

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TACOMA — A Tacoma woman was found slain in a motel room early Thursday, and her husband was arrested in the case after he made a bizarre call to a Seattle TV station.

The suspect, Tony Barrett, called local ABC-TV station KOMO Wednesday evening and told them that he had killed his wife, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The husband asked the station to post on its Facebook page that he had killed his wife. The station then alerted police.

When police attempted to located Barrett shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, he led them on a high-speed chase that ended in Gig Harbor. Barrett then tried to attack the deputies who used a K-9 unit in their defense, Troyer said. Barrett was then taken into custody.

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Officers located the car of Barrett’s wife, Sara, where she worked in Dupont, but they did not find her. They did find blood in the car, but did not say whose blood it was. About 6:40 a.m., police discovered the woman’s body at a Motel 6 in Tacoma.

Police said the couple is estranged and have three children.

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  • no name

    this is my buddies parents i feel so bad for him i often went to the familys home to hang out with mu friend tyler there sone we had poker games every saturday its a shame i never thought that tony would do that to his wife they always got along whikle i was there and i always spent the night at the home with them

  • Dillon Lande

    R.I.P. My Aunt Sara Barrett you will be forever missed and in our hearts. You were a wonderful, caring, loving, kind, sweet, and selfless; mother, aunt, and grandmother. You will always be remembered never forgotten. You leave a legacy behind of three amazing young men and a beautiful grandaughter. I am sorry you had to leave us in this way. I will always love you and cherish the memories we have had together. I wasn’t blood but you welcomed me with opened arms as if I was since day one. Forever and always with the most love and sincere care we can send to you we will. You’re our guardian Angel now and we are all extremely blessed to have you as that sad but grateful we will be. I will make sure the boys are watched out for. You were the greatest aunt ever <3
    With much love <3 from my hole heart and soul

    – Dill Pickle <3 :)

  • MyOpinion

    My heart goes out the family and friends of Sara Barrett. This came as a complete shock to those who knew Tony Barrett when he was separated during the course of his marriage. He was always a very nice guy and laid back. What he has done is horrific and whether he did it for love or revenge….an eye for an eye my friend.

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