2 dead in Fond du Lac County
Last Edited: Friday, 09 Jan 2009, 5:20 PM CST
Created On: Friday, 09 Jan 2009, 9:26 AM CST
* Reporter: Evan Perrault
TOWN OF ELDORADO – Fond du Lac Sheriff’s deputies were at the scene just nine minutes after getting the word that a husband was holding his wife hostage with a gun.
“It kind of came through third hand,” said Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink.
“The female victim was in the house. She had somehow gotten a text message or a cell phone call out to one of her friends who then called one of the Fond du Lac Sheriff’s deputies. That’s how we were made aware of it.”
The Sheriff says the first two deputies on scene heard and saw most of the situation unfold right on the front walkway of the home.
“One deputy was able to challenge him at quite a distance to tell him to put the gun down and it just happened too fast,” said Sheriff Fink.
The Sheriff says the man shot the wife and then himself with a handgun.
“This happened really fast and there’s just nothing we could do about it,” said Sheriff Fink.
The sheriff says the husband did have a history of domestic violence.
“On November 16th, the male involved in this was arrested for disorderly conduct from a domestic issue,” said the sheriff.
But next door neighbor Jeremy Blonigen never saw the couple have problems.
“No, not that we knew of. They were just really nice just normal neighbors. So none of us ever saw this coming,” said Blonigen.
No deputies fired weapons and they weren’t fired at. As for a reason it happened, the Sheriff says it’s still too early to tell.
“I don’t know. Let’s just sort through the house and let the detectives do their job,” said Sheriff Fink.
The Sheriff says the couple’s three-year-old daughter was at the home at the time of the shooting, but she’s okay. Another child was at school at the time. Both are being looked after by the department of social services and family members.
Authorities are still not releasing the names of the husband and wife pending notification of family members.