Husband was charged with assaulting wife days before shooting

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DARBOY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Calumet County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two people found dead after an apparent murder-suicide in the Village of Harrison.

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Numerous law enforcement vehicles outside Darboy Park in Darboy on Jan. 9, 2018 (WBAY photo)

Investigators say Sara Schmidt, 40, was found dead in her car.

Robert Schmidt, 49, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Online court records show Sara Schmidt filed for divorce from Robert Schmidt on Jan. 5. A criminal complaint filed against Robert Schmidt details abuse and sexual assault.

On Jan. 9, officers responded just after 6 p.m. to a house on Sweet Clover Drive in Harrison. The Sheriff's Office says deputies found the Schmidts involved in an altercation.

As a deputy approached the home, he heard gunshots. The deputy confronted Robert Schmidt, who ran to the backyard.

Additional deputies cornered him in the yard and that's when they heard another gunshot.

Attempts to communicate with Robert Schmidt were unsuccessful. The SWAT team arrived on scene and found him dead.

Sara Schmidt was found dead. The Sheriff's Office says she suffered at least one gunshot wound.

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News shows charges of Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse, and Kidnapping had been filed against Robert Schmidt on Jan. 4.

The victim was not named, but the complaint says she was Robert Schmidt's wife.

The victim told investigators she and Schmidt had marital problems. On Dec. 22, she found a blinking light coming from a kitchen cabinet and learned that it was a GPS tracking device her husband was using to keep tabs on her.

The woman told Schmidt she wanted a divorce.

On New Year's Eve, the victim said Schmidt held a gun to her head, tied her up, and sexually assaulted her.

On Jan. 2, Schmidt was arrested. He told officials that he "snapped" on New Year's Eve due to stress. He admitted to tying the victim up and pointing a gun at her.

Robert Schmidt also admitted that he was tracking her movements by using GPS because he was suspicious of her relationship with a co-worker.

Court records show Robert Schmidt, as a condition of bond, was not to have contact with Sara Schmidt. The court's order also said he could not have guns.

Robert Schmidt had a court hearing on Jan. 9, in the hours prior to the shooting, in which he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Autopsies will be performed Wednesday and Thursday by the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner's Office.

Officers from multiple agencies filled the streets near Darboy Community Park, about two blocks from Sweet Clover Drive, including the Calumet and Outagamie county sheriff's offices, Appleton and Fox Valley Metro police, Wisconsin State Patrol and Gold Cross Ambulance.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are options.

Here are some resources for getting help:

Harbor House Wisconsin (a place that offers refuge for victims of abuse): https://www.harborhousewi.org/

Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Resources: http://www.endabusewi.org/gethelp/

Golden House shelter: http://www.goldenhousegb.org/

24-hour abuse help line: 920-432-4244
Toll free: 1-877-431-4321


Sara Schmidt and Robert Schmidt (Facebook).


 
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