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UPDATE WITH NAME: Deputies confirm murder-suicide in Wis.

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CRAWFORD COUNTY, Wis. (KWWL) - Deputies are confirming a murder-suicide between a husband and a wife in rural Clayton Township, Wis., and say it's possible the motive was bad news regarding the wife's health.

Robert J. Reagan, 70, is alleged to have entered the bedroom of Karen M. Reagan, 68, on Monday when she was in bed and killed her with a single gunshot to her head, the Crawford County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick says they don't know if Karen Reagan was asleep or not at the time of her murder.

Robert Reagan is then alleged to have walked out to his driveway and killed himself with a single self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Deputies believe Reagan used the same .357 caliber revolver for both crimes but haven't completed ballistics testing, said McCullick.

McCullick said one possible motive for the crime was "some troubling news" regarding Karen Reagan's health.

McCullick said friends and family of the couple say the Reagans just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and said the couple had a "loving" and "good" relationship.



Deputies in Wisconsin are investigating what they say is a murder-suicide of a husband and wife Monday evening in Crawford County.

The Crawford County (Wis.) Sheriff's Department was called to a rural Clayton Township home for an unresponsive male laying in a driveway at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

When deputies arrived, they found a 70-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound.

Inside the house, deputies also found a 68-year-old female in the bedroom, also dead from a gunshot wound. The woman was later identified as the dead man's wife.

In a press release Tuesday, Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said it appears the husband shot and killed his wife inside the residence before going outside and shooting himself.

McCullick added that deputies had not previously been called to the residence for domestic-related incidents.

The names of the couple are not being released pending family notification.

The Wisconsin State Crime Lab and Wisconsin State Patrol are assisting the Crawford County Sheriff's Department with the investigation.

Deputies say there is no threat to the general public.
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