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Police: Man responsible for murder-suicide in Madison

October 1, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a man with a history of domestic abuse shot and killed a woman he had been seeing before killing himself over the weekend.

Authorities said Monday that 39-year-old James Sykes shot and killed 34-year-old Sherry Waller in her home late Friday or early Saturday before turning the gun on himself.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says Sykes shot Waller once in the head as she lay on her bed while two of her children were in the home.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Koval said Waller and Sykes had been in a relationship since at least around last Christmas. Sykes was convicted of felony domestic abuse in 2016, making it illegal for him to own a firearm. Police are unsure how he obtained the gun.

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