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UPDATE: Suspected murderer's motive may have been mercy

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This Crawford Co., Wis. home is the site of an apparent murder-suicide This Crawford Co., Wis. home is the site of an apparent murder-suicide
CRAWFORD COUNTY, Wis. (KWWL) - A man suspected of shooting his wife and then killing himself may have been motivated by mercy, new details show.

The Crawford County sheriff's office in Prairie du Chien, Wis. says 70-year-old Bob Reagan shot his wife Karen Reagan, 68, in the head Monday afternoon before shooting himself at their Wisconsin home in North Clayton township.

On Wednesday, the couple's family members were at the home, including Bob Reagan's sister Mary Libert.

She said Bob and Karen Reagan had been married 50 years and had a very loving relationship.

Libert said her brother might have considered the shooting an act of mercy, as Karen Reagan had been suffering health problems. Libert said Karen Reagan had expressed she didn't like taking pain medication because of its side effects.

Bob Reagan had previously made the comment that he couldn't live if anything ever happened to his wife, Libert said.

Chief Crawford County sheriff's deputy Butch Olson said his office is in the process of subpoenaing the wife's medical records to see if any recent diagnosis may have led her husband to shoot her.

Sheriff Dale McCullick said they found Karen Reagan's body in her bed, where she may have been sleeping at the time of the shooting.

Libert said Bob Reagan was a very kind and generous man without "a mean bone in his body." She doesn't believe he shot his wife maliciously.

Reagan used a pistol to shoot his wife and then himself and left behind no note or explanation, Libert said.

The couple was from Milwaukee but had been living in Crawford County for some 30 years. Chief deputy Olson said the couple had one son, who lives elsewhere in Wisconsin.

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