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Wis. - Police called the
death of a 31-year-old Janesville woman Wednesday an apparent suicide.
The Janesville Police
Department said officers responded to a home on the 1600 block of Mole Avenue
just before 3 a.m. for a report of a domestic dispute.
In a news release
Wednesday afternoon, police said officers met Carl Rowan, 32, outside the home.
Rowan reportedly told police his wife, 31-year-old Hollie Rowan was inside the
house and may have a handgun.
"We were sent to
this domestic, and it was clearly a pretty violent domestic," Janesville
Police Chief David Moore said. "We had two victims that were stabbed, and
then of course, even more tragic we got inside the home and found that Mrs.
Rowan had committed suicide."
Officers found Hollie
Rowan dead inside from an apparent gunshot wound, according to the release.
Police said Hollie and
Carl Rowan had a fight earlier in the morning and Hollie reportedly stabbed
Carl in the hand. Hollie Rowan allegedly stabbed herself in the arm.
Police said Hollie
could be heard arguing with Carl during a call to 911. Police said Carl stayed
on the phone with 911 and met police down the street from his home.
Police said Hollie
Rowan was found in the home dead. No one heard the sound of a gunshot, according
to the report.
Hollie Rowan had made
threats of suicide and to harm herself in the past, but they were dealt with
family and police were not called, Moore said.
911 take proved to be crucial for our investigation because in the beginning of
the tape we could hear Mrs. Rowan talking, or actually arguing with Mr. Rowan,
so we know that she was OK at that point," Moore said. "In the very
early moments we were concerned, 'Is this a suicide? Is this a homicide?' But
our detective lieutenant got us to the right
answer really quick."
Carl Rowan is a Wisconsin State
Patrol trooper, police said. An autopsy of Hollie Rowan is scheduled Thursday.
Moore said since police were never
called out to past issues at the Rowans’ residence, his department never had
the chance to intervene.
violence happens in all of our communities, all of our neighborhoods, in all
professions,” Moore said, “and we really would like people to seek help if you
see or are in relationships going the way of violence, you know, get help on
the front end so we don't have these tragic events later.”
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