The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office released more details today about that apparent murder-suicide that occurred near Soldiers Grove on Monday including the identity of the victims and a possible motive for the shootings.
The Sheriff’s Office said autopsies were completed on both individuals involved and it appears preliminary autopsy results along with the evidence gathered at the scene confirmed what investigators initially felt happened.
According to the Sheriff’s Department on Monday, March 10, sometime in the mid-afternoon Robert J. Reagan, 70, entered his wife’s bedroom where she was in bed. Robert shot and killed his wife Karen M Reagan, 68, with a single gunshot to the head. Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said it appeared she may have been asleep when she was killed.
“But we will never know for sure if she was sleeping or awake,” McCullick said.
At some point after killing his wife, Robert Reagan walked out to his driveway and shot and killed himself with a single self-inflicted gunshot to the head with a .357 caliber revolver.
“It is presumed that the .357 revolver is the same gun Robert Reagan used to kill his wife but we need to wait for ballistics testing to say that for sure,” said McCullick.
The couple have lived together in their rural Crawford County home for many years and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Friends and family describe the couple as loving and having a good relationship.
McCullick went on to say investigators are looking into the possibility that Karen Reagan had recently received some troubling news regarding her health.
“That may be why this tragic event occurred said,” Sheriff McCullick. “Friends of the couple told us that Robert had stated that he couldn’t live if anything ever happened to Karen.”
The investigation continues.
On March 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a call of an unresponsive male laying in his driveway on Cty Hwy X in rural Clayton Township. When deputies arrived they found a 70 -year-old male in his driveway deceased from a gunshot wound. A search of the house was conducted. Inside the house investigators found a female in the bedroom with a fatal gunshot wound. The woman was later identified as the 68-year-old wife of the deceased male in the driveway.
At this point in the investigation it appears that the husband shot and killed his wife inside the residence, and then went outside and shot and killed himself, said Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick. “I believe we have the, what happened now we need to figure out the why it happened,” added McCullick.
The Wisconsin State Crime Lab was called to assist with processing the scene for evidence and the Wisconsin State Patrol was called to complete a diagram of the crime scene.
Autopsies are being performed on both the husband and the wife today and investigators are looking into the background of the pair. McCullick said this is not a residence that the Sheriff’s Department was routinely called too. The last call at their residence was in 2008 and we have never been called there for a domestic, said McCullick.
McCullick said he believes this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public.
Names are not being release pending family notification.
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