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Police say no one heard gunshot in apparent suicide

Officers find Janesville woman dead after reported domestic dispute

Police say no one heard gunshot in apparent suicide

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Police called the death of a 31-year-old Janesville woman Wednesday an apparent suicide.

The Janesville Police Department said officers responded to a home on the 1600 block of Mole Avenue just before 3 a.m. for a report of a domestic dispute.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, police said officers met Carl Rowan, 32, outside the home. Rowan reportedly told police his wife, 31-year-old Hollie Rowan was inside the house and may have a handgun.

"We were sent to this domestic, and it was clearly a pretty violent domestic," Janesville Police Chief David Moore said. "We had two victims that were stabbed, and then of course, even more tragic we got inside the home and found that Mrs. Rowan had committed suicide."

Officers found Hollie Rowan dead inside from an apparent gunshot wound, according to the release.

Police said Hollie and Carl Rowan had a fight earlier in the morning and Hollie reportedly stabbed Carl in the hand. Hollie Rowan allegedly stabbed herself in the arm.

Police said Hollie could be heard arguing with Carl during a call to 911. Police said Carl stayed on the phone with 911 and met police down the street from his home.

Police said Hollie Rowan was found in the home dead. No one heard the sound of a gunshot, according to the report.

Hollie Rowan had made threats of suicide and to harm herself in the past, but they were dealt with family and police were not called, Moore said.

"The six-minute 911 take proved to be crucial for our investigation because in the beginning of the tape we could hear Mrs. Rowan talking, or actually arguing with Mr. Rowan, so we know that she was OK at that point," Moore said. "In the very early moments we were concerned, 'Is this a suicide? Is this a homicide?' But our detective lieutenant got us to the right answer really quick."

Carl Rowan is a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper, police said. An autopsy of Hollie Rowan is scheduled Thursday.

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