Victims named in Oregon murder-suicide

Witnesses speak out about murder-suicide near Oregon

VIDEO: Victims named in Oregon murder-suicide

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s office released the names of the victims in a reported murder-suicide in Oregon on Thursday.

Elizabeth Singler, 64, of Madison, was killed as a result of a gunshot after her boyfriend Henry Pullet Jr., 68, of Madison, shot her. Pullet then shot himself, according to the release.

The shooting happened at Briggs Law Office, a residence and law office, at 1519 Storytown Road around 3:25 p.m.

Earlier this week Madison police were asking hunters to be on the lookout for Pullet after he fired a handgun at a woman and then threatened to kill himself before fleeing the scene nearly two weeks ago.

That search is now over. The Madison Police Department said Friday afternoon it is still looking for the blue 2006 Hyundai Sonata Pullett was known to drive. The vehicle has a Minnesota plate reading 575LDK .

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

The homeowner, Mike Briggs, told News 3 that Pullett 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 Pullett was concerned about that incident about three weeks ago in Olbrich Park.  Pullett told Briggs he had been convicted of a felony in Illinois 50 years ago and didn’t want to go back to prison. 

WISC-TV has learned that incident was a murder that Pullett admitted to being a part of in 1967. 

The Chicago Tribune reported that the murder of a night watchman at a restaurant in Waukegan, Illinois was a cold case until 1993, when Pullett and four others involved were arrested.  Pullett lived in Stoughton at the time.  The Tribune reports that Pullett pleaded guilty to armed robbery and testified against the man who pulled the trigger in the crime. 

Briggs tells WISC-TV said Pullett and Singler were having trouble with their relationship, and he and his wife were trying to talk Pullett into being taken somewhere to get help. He said he told Singler to lock herself in the bathroom and had his wife stand in front of the bathroom door. 

Briggs’ wife, Norma, told WISC-TV that her husband told Pullett, “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 Pullett 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,” Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Thursday night. “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.”