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Police: Slain woman ID'd ex-deputy as her attacker

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm •  Published: August 26, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman told police before she died that she had been shot by her brother-in-law, a newly retired Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, according to new court documents.

Andy Steele, a former Dane County Sheriff's deputy, was arrested after the shooting at his home Friday that left his wife, Ashlee Steele, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, dead. He hasn't been charged yet, but according to investigators, Tollefsbol implicated him as her assailant twice before she died at the University of Wisconsin hospital in Madison.

Much about the attack, including what precipitated it, remains unclear. Before her death, Ashlee Steele was credited with spearheading a drive to raise thousands of dollars toward Andy Steele's medical care and other expenses. But a police affidavit released Tuesday offered new details about the immediate aftermath of the shootings.

According to the affidavit, Tollefsbol, 38, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, called 911 at around 1 p.m. Friday from her sister's home in Fitchburg, a Madison suburb of about 26,000 residents. She said her brother-in-law had shot her in the back and she thought he must have shot himself because she heard two shots.

Officers found her in the basement, where she again said her brother-in-law had shot her. She died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Members of a sheriff's department SWAT team found 39-year-old Ashlee Steele dead in the home. She had been shot in the head. They found Andrew Steele in a laundry room and a 9 mm pistol on the counter.

The affidavit said two rounds had been fired in the house. Police said Andrew Steele was treated at a hospital for injuries consistent with a suicide attempt.

Dan DuPuis of Hudson, an uncle of the two slain sisters, said Tuesday the Dane County district attorney authorized him to say that Andy Steele is out of the hospital and now in jail.

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