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Sara Barrett Murder: Wash. man calls TV station, asks them to post on Facebook that he just killed his wife

Tony and Sara Barrett in an undated photo
KIRO
(CBS) TACOMA, Wash. - The body of Sara Barrett, a 42-year-old Puyallup, Wash. woman, was found at a motel one day after her husband called a TV station asking staff to post the slaying of his wife on its Facebook page, police said, according to CBS affiliate KIRO.

Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Troyer said a man, who identified himself as Tony Barrett, called station KOMO on Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. saying he didn't have a Facebook page and wanted staff to post that he had killed his wife. 

Station personnel called the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, and on Wednesday, deputies found 42-year-old Sara Barrett's car at her workplace, the Pier 1 Imports distribution center in DuPont, Wash., long after she normally would have gone home, the station reports.

Troyer reportedly said there was blood inside her car.

Around 3 a.m. Thursday, a police officer in Tacoma spotted Sara Barrett's husband, 41-year-old Tony Barrett, in a car in downtown Tacoma.

Troyer said a high-speed chase ensued until Tony Barrett's vehicle was stopped by spike strips deployed by police.

He then tried to attack officers, police said, according to KIRO.

"He came out with a tire iron and tried to go after the officers. A K-9 unit was there and took him down," Troyer said.

Tony Barrett was taken into custody and transported to Tacoma General Hospital for dog bite wounds that were sustained during the arrest.

Police say Tony Barrett was not cooperating with detectives, but an investigator was able to determine that he had checked into a Tacoma Motel 6 Wednesday night and when officers went to the room they discovered Sara Barrett deceased.

Investigators have not said how the victim was killed. Police are continuing to search the room for evidence, KIRO reports.

Court documents show that in January 2012, Sara Barrett filed a petition for a protection order against her husband after he allegedly stuck a knife in her side, KIRO reports.

The documents also cited a previous felony domestic violence charge against Tony Barrett that was filed after he allegedly beat his wife and tried to smother her with a pillow.

The petition also reportedly said that according to Sara Barrett, her husband had been hospitalized for taking pills and drinking alcohol in an attempt to commit suicide because she was trying to leave him and refused to speak to him.

The couple had three grown boys, KIRO reported.

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