The deaths of couple found at a Town of Bristol farmhouse Tuesday have been ruled a murder-suicide, authorities said Wednesday.
According to the Dane County Sheriff's Office, an investigation revealed that Kevin S. Herskind, 53, fatally shot his wife Julie Herskind, 52, and then took his own life.
Kevin Herskind also reportedly shot and killed a dog belonging to the couple.
“It’s unclear at this point what led up to the violence, but Sheriff’s Office detectives will continue to investigate the incident,” Public Information Officer Elise Schaffer said in a statement.
Deputies were initially called to the Herskind residence at approximately 1:20 p.m. Tuesday just north of Sun Prairie on CTH N for a welfare check. The bodies were found inside the home.
The sheriff's office Crime Scene Unit and Dane County Medical Examiner's Office processed the crime scene after the discovery. Authorities were still on location Wednesday morning.
A small dog and three cats were removed from the home Tuesday afternoon by an animal control officer, Schaffer said.