MPD: Woman killed by husband in west side home, husband kills self on interstate in murder-suicide

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police said a man who took his own life by stepping in front of a semi-truck on Interstate 39/90 Sunday was a suspect in his wife’s murder, which took place earlier that day.

Officers were called to a home in the 10 block of Darien Circle off of N. High Point Rd. just after 3:20 p.m. Sunday. Police said a caller who was not at the scene told police that a person was dead. 

A woman was found dead in the home. Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said that she had been “violently, physically attacked.” Emergency crews tried to revive her but she was declared dead at the scene. An investigation showed that her husband was a suspect in her death. Barnes said police had not been called to the address before.

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Barnes said the husband had fled the scene in a vehicle. He reportedly got out of his vehicle on the Beltline near Old Sauk Road and was hit by another vehicle, but was not seriously hurt. The man then got back into his vehicle and drove to I-39/90 near Buckeye Road, where he got out of his vehicle again and ran into traffic. He was struck and killed by a semi.

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The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the fatal crash, which shut down northbound traffic on the interstate for nearly two and a half hours.

Barnes said that the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide, and there is no ongoing danger to the public. The names of the victim and suspect have not been released. Authorities also declined to say how the woman was killed.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, there are resources available to help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is open 24/7 at 800-799-7233. DAIS — Domestic Abuse Intervention Services — can be reached at 608-251-4445 or