Charges Filed in Wausaukee Shooting
MARINETTE COUNTY, WI -- Intentional homicide charges are officially filed today for a murder in Wausaukee.
Ann Schueller, 51, was shot and killed Sunday afternoon while she was working at a gas station.
Investigators say the suspect, Richard Heyer, tried to kill himself after the shooting. The two were previously in a relationship, but had since broken up.
Since June, Schueller had contacted deputies several times requesting an escort when removing property from the home they shared. She had also filed a harassment injunction on June 8, but it was denied by a court commissioner.
Investigators say Heyer went to the gas station that day with a clear agenda.
“The bullet entered her back and exited her chest,” said Jerry Sauve, Marinette County Sheriff.
Deputies say the shooter was armed with a Winchester rifle, and took one shot at his ex-girlfriend.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Ann Schueller and all of her friends,” said Allen Brey, the Marinette County District Attorney.
The D.A. said two witnesses saw the shooting take place. According to the criminal complaint, one witness watched Heyer point the rifle at Schueller. She ducked and said, "No Rick. Don't do it."
Since June, Schueller made several calls to deputies asking for an escort. Her harassment injunction was denied by a court commissioner. The D.A. couldn't explain why.
“My office is not involved with those injunction proceedings,” said Brey.
The sheriff maintains his department handled all of Schueller's calls appropriately.
“Prior to us getting calls for domestic standbys for property type-things, we don't have an all out domestic dispute to go to,” said Sauve.
Heyer is facing charges of First Degree Intentional Homicide and a felon in possession of a firearm. Heyer is in critical, but stable condition for a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He will report to jail after his release from the hospital, and court proceedings will begin.