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Witnesses speak out about murder-suicide near Oregon

Police: Man shot girlfriend in law office

OREGON, Wis. - 2 dead in murder-suicide near Oregon, officials say

A couple who witnessed the incident are explaining the events that led to the shootings.

A 68-year-old man shot his 63-year-old girlfriend and then himself in front of an attorney during a legal proceeding the two were involved in, officials said.

The shooting happened at Briggs Law Office, a residence and a law office, at 1519 Storytown Road around 3:25 p.m., Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney said.

The homeowner, Mike Briggs, told News 3 the man was a former client of his, and was involved in a divorce three years ago. He arrived at the home at 1:20 p.m., and he had left Briggs voice mail messages earlier in the day.

Briggs said the man had been involved in an incident about 3 weeks ago, where he was in a car in a Madison park and a gun was discharged. The man had been convicted of a felony in Illinois 50 years ago and didn't want to go back to prison.

Briggs said the couple was having trouble with their relationship, and he and his wife were trying to talk the man into being taken somewhere to get help. He said he told the woman to lock herself in the bathroom and had his wife stand in front of the bathroom door.

Briggs' wife,  Norma, told News 3 that her husband told the man, "I'll either drive you anywhere to go, or I'm going to call 911."

She said, "You have the right to kill yourself, but you don't have the right to take hers. You also don't have the right to knock this door down. It's our house."

Norma said the man shot the lock off the bathroom, and she told her husband to call 911.

She said he was standing at the top of the stairs, looked at her, and then pointed the gun at his head and shot himself.

"This highlights the high emotion that can be involved -- whether it be relationships or high-stress situations, it can result in violence at any location," Mahoney said. "We've seen that across our country. We've seen it across our state. We've seen it in our large communities in the state of Wisconsin, and we've seen it most recently and again today in our rural communities."

Autopsies are scheduled for some time on Friday.

1519 Storytown Road, Oregon

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