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UPDATE: Names of Town of Oregon murder-suicide victims released


UPDATE (WKOW) -- The owner of a town of Oregon home that was the site of a murder-suicide is speaking out. Michael Briggs says he and his wife Norma tried to diffuse the situation unfolding inside their home Thursday.

The two are retired attorneys and Briggs says a former client, identified by the Dane County Medical Examiner's office as 68-year-old Henry Pullett Jr., unexpectedly came by with his girlfriend looking for advice.

"I had represented him in a divorce three years ago," Briggs tells 27 News.

Briggs says Pullett wanted to talk about something that happened at Olbrich Park on November 3rd. Madison police say Pullett fired his gun at a woman. She wasn't hurt, but police were looking for him and his car.

"He was adamant that he didn't want to do anymore jail time, he said he'd rather kill himself than go back to prison," Briggs says. Pullett is a convicted felon in Illinois, according to Briggs.

Briggs says the four of them were discussing the park situation when he realized Pullett, for safety reasons, should be separated from his girlfriend, identified as 64-year-old Elizabeth Singler. "What I was trying to get him to do was to get into my car with me, because they had come in her car, and I offered to take him anywhere he wanted to go," Briggs says.

Briggs says Pullett refused but they were able to get Singler locked into a bathroom. He says Pullett then pulled out a gun. "Shot the handle, the lock off the bathroom door, shot the girlfriend and my wife came to get me and said call 911," he says about the sequence of events.

It's at that point, that Briggs says Pullett turned the gun on himself. He says authorities were there within about 10 minutes but it was too late for Singler and Pullett.

Briggs says he never felt he or his wife were in danger. In terms of witnessing the shooting, Briggs says "you do the best you can" and that family and friends have been supportive.


UPDATE (WKOW) --- The Dane County Medical Examiner released the names of the two people involved in the murder-suicide in the Town of Oregon Thursday.

Elizabeth Singler, 64, of Madison was shot and killed by Henry Pullett Jr., 68, of Madison.

Pullett Jr. then shot and killed himself.

The deaths are still under investigation.

Watch 27 News at 5 & 6 for more on what happened leading to the shooting.


OREGON (WKOW) -- As the Dane County Sheriff's office investigates a murder/suicide in the town of Oregon, two retired attorneys are trying to heal after witnessing the tragic shooting.

Michael Briggs tells 27 News a former client arrived at his home and law firm around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Briggs says he represented the man in divorce proceedings three years ago and had developed a friendship. Briggs says the man was seeking advice after being involved in a shooting situation in Olbrich Park earlier this month and didn't want to turn himself in.

Briggs says he, his wife Norma, his client, and his client's girlfriend were sitting around a table discussing the situation when things began to escalate. He believed he needed to separate his former client and his girlfriend. Briggs says they were able to convince his former client's girlfriend to lock herself in the bathroom while his wife tried to keep them apart.

Briggs says his former client pulled out a gun and shot at the bathroom lock. He then shot and killed his girlfriend. Briggs says the man then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

Authorities say autopsies will be conducted Friday on the dead man and woman. Briggs says he and his wife are staying elsewhere as investigators continue to work at their home.

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