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Rock County shooting suspect arrested

Published On: Feb 11 2013 02:08:19 PM CST
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Wis. -

A Rock County man is arrested on suspicion of homicide after a fatal shooting in Plymouth Township, according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Bellard, 75, remains hospitalized and guarded at University of Wisconsin Hospital after his neighbor, Christine Gestrich, 59, was found dead in a shed. Deputies found Bellard with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in another shed. He’s listed in stable condition.

Deputies responded to 6707 W. Stuart Road at 8:18 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a shooting.

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said the decision to arrest Bellard on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide came after an investigation of physical evidence, witness statements and investigative interviews.

Sheriff's officials said Bellard's wife reported the shooting. Three firearms were taken from the property as evidence.

Detectives said it appeared there was an altercation.

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