Godfrey shot with gun registered to him

Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Anchorage police have determined that Karen Brand used a gun registered to former Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey when she fatally shot him, critically injured his wife, then killed herself.

The gun was found next to Brand's body. Police found eight casings from the gun in the Godfrey home.

Brand first shot Glenn Godfrey, 53, hitting him once in the head and twice in the chest, fired next at Patricia Godfrey as she fled upstairs, then turned the gun on herself, police said.

Sgt. Ross Plummer said police are continuing to investigate the shootings and are awaiting autopsy reports on both Brand and Godfrey. Police would not say if Brand left any kind of note.

Anchorage police spokesman Ron McGee said the department does not plan to say anything more publicly about the case until investigators can talk to Patti Godfrey, who is recovering from surgery. She remained in critical condition and was not well enough to talk to investigators Tuesday, McGee said.

Police were searching Brand's home in Anchorage Tuesday afternoon, said Roy Helms, the father of Greg Helms, Brand's husband.

''We don't really know much yet,'' Roy Helms said. ''The police are here now going through everything.''

Brand, 33, was working as vice president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce in Anchorage but her husband was living in Fairbanks, where he works and where both still have family.

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