Sheriff: Domestic battery suspect found dead after crash

Authorities say man intentionally crashed into rock wall
Sheriff: Domestic battery suspect found dead after crash

Authorities said they believe a driver who was suspected in a domestic battery incident intentionally crashed into a rock wall Tuesday night near Lone Rock, causing his death.

The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office said a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix hit a rock wall near the intersection of State Road 130 and 133, just after 9 p.m.

Milan Halverson, 47, of Belmont, was driving the car and was pronounced dead at the scene, Iowa County sheriff’s officials said.

The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office said a preliminary investigation showed that the crash was an intentional act.

Halverson was being sought by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office for questioning in connection with a domestic battery incident that happened earlier in the day.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office said it obtained a search warrant in an effort to secure evidence in a domestic incident investigation, and deputies located a firearm that Halverson had reportedly been in possession of just before the domestic incident.

A bulletin was put out to law enforcement agencies that Halverson, who was believed to be suicidal, was being sought on charges relating to the domestic incident as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Lafayette County sheriff’s officials.

The victim of the domestic incident was reportedly not threatened with the firearm at the time of the incident, authorities said.

The victim of the domestic incident was treated and released from an area hospital Tuesday.  

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