Before dying, a woman identified the killer to 911 operators, and now a Wisconsin community is trying to make sense out of why an ex sheriff’s deputy suffering from ALS killed his wife and sister-in-law Friday in Fitchburg, said the Journal Times.
Tuesday, legal documents on the shooting show that Kacee Tollefsbol, 39, a resident of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, called 911 about 1 p.m. to report she was shot in the back. Severely injured, the woman still managed to ID the shooter as her brother-in-law, Andy Steele, 39. Another affidavit shows that before she died later at UW hospital, Tollefsbol identified her killer as Steele to another officer.
A S.W.A.T. team was called out to the home because the woman said she heard more shots in another area of the home, indicating a possible suicide. However, when police arrived at the Madison home, they found the injured caller and another woman who was dead from bullet wounds. The woman who made the 911 call identified her as the former deputy’s wife, her sister Ashlee.
Meanwhile, Steele was not suffering from gunshot wounds as the woman suspected during the 911 call. However, her alleged killer sustained unknown injuries that are consistent with a suicide attempt. Investigators would not elaborate at this time.
The local medical examiner conducted autopsies on both victims in the double-homicides, and concluded that they died from gunshot wounds. Steele’s wife suffered a fatal wound to the head.
In the wake of the tragic news in the tightly-knit community, locals are trying to put the pieces together as to why two sisters are dead and a former law enforcement member is allegedly behind the grisly killings.
Steele retired from the Dane County Sheriffs Department after 13 years of service when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Essentially, the condition is marked by a progressive degeneration of nerve tissue that is responsible for involuntary functions within the body. Over time, motor neurons die off and a person is left paralyzed in most instances.
Sadly, there is no cure for the condition, and survival rates range from two to five years after the onset of symptoms. However, in rare cases, a person may live longer.
As of late, many people have been taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which requires a person to be doused with icy water and make a donation to the non-profit agency. So far, millions of dollars have been raised for awareness and research.
Ashlee was a beloved teacher in the community, and was preparing for the back to school session. Students and faculty prepared for the possibility of her absence due to her husband’s recent diagnosis, and were planning to raise funds for the Steele family.
Tollefsbol, the woman who ID’d their killer to 911 emergency operators, was a mom of four, a newlywed of one month and nursing school student.
No charges have been filed at this time as police are still investigating the shooting deaths.
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