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UPDATE: Authorities identify suspect, victims in Fitchburg murder

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Authorities have released the names of the two women who were killed at a Fitchburg home Friday and the suspect they believe shot them.

According to the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office, Ashlee Steele, 39, of Fitchburg and Kacee Tollesbol, 38, of Lake Elmo, MN were murdered.

Police said Friday the two were found with gunshot wounds inside the house on Yarmouth Greenway Dr.

Fitchburg police say Andrew P. Steele, 39, is the suspect in this incident. The victims are his wife and her sister.

The investigation is ongoing. Steele has been arrested.


UPDATE: FITCHBURG (WKOW)-- The who and the why are among the many unanswered questions, after two women were killed in Fitchburg Friday.

Saturday, police confirmed the two women killed in this home and the suspect, found injured inside, knew each other. Though they wouldn't not comment on the nature of those relationships.

“We're taking it slow, methodical, to make sure we don't' miss any evidence, miss any statements, things like that, so it's a very time consuming process,” said Lt. Todd Stetzer with the Fitchburg Police Department.

Police say the male suspect remains hospitalized. They did not release details about his condition, other than to say his injuries were not inflicted by law enforcement. They also won't if officers have been able to speak with him.

“We have police with the suspect but beyond that, I really can't get in to the details,” Lt. Stetzer said.

Sources confirm to 27 News that this home belongs to a former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy though it's unclear if he's involved in the incident.

Meanwhile Fitchburg mayor Shawn Pfaff says the tight-knit community on Yarmouth Greenway Dr. is shaken

“There's gonna have to be some healing going on out here and there's going to be residents that have to hug and talk because something horrific happened,” Mayor Pfaff said.

And while questions linger, police assure the community this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.


FITCHBURG (WKOW) – Police say the suspect and victims in Friday's double homicide in Fitchburg knew each other; however, officials didn't release details about the relationship between them.

Fitchburg Police Lt. Todd Stetzer also said that other than the suspect and the victims, no one was in the home during the incident. Police did not identify the victims or the suspect during a news conference held Saturday afternoon; identification will be released by the medical examiner at a later date.

Police say there is no threat to the community. An adult male is in custody and being treated, but police wouldn't say if they've spoken with the suspect or what the extent of his injuries are.

Officers were called to a home at 3038 Yarmouth Greenway Dr. Friday shortly after noon. When they arrived, they found one woman who had been shot; shortly after, they found a second woman. Both died from their injuries.

The suspect was found in the home and initially resisted. Once he was in custody, he was taken to a local hospital.

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