Police release names of domestic violence situation

HARRISON, Wis. - Two people were found dead Tuesday night in the Village of Harrison, east of Appleton, in what Deputies say was a domestic incident.

Deputies were called to Sweet Clover Drive, in the Village of Harrison, for reports of an incident. When Officials arrived they found a man and a woman involved in an altercation. Deputies say as they approached the scene they heard gunshots around 6 p.m. The deputy immediately confronted the suspect, who had fled to the backyard of the home when deputies heard another gunshot.

The Calumet County SWAT team was dispatched to the scene and determined the suspect, Robert Schmidt, 49, was deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and Sara Schmidt, 40, was found deceased in her vehicle from at least one gunshot wound.

According to a criminal complaint, Sara told police that her husband assaulted her on New Year's Eve. She told deputies that Robert pointed a gun at her several times, tied her up, and sexually assaulted her.

Prosecutors charged Robert with felony counts of first degree sexual assault and kidnapping.
They say he did not dispute the allegations. A no contact order was put in place. However, Robert paid a $10,000 cash bail. He waived his preliminary hearing scheduled Tuesday, the day of the shooting.

Autopsies will be performed Wednesday by the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner's Office.

 

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