Man kills girlfriend, self, in Oregon home

Scott Girard

A man who murdered his girlfriend before taking his own life in the Town of Oregon last Thursday had a criminal past and was likely facing more jail time had police located him.

The homeowners who witnessed the horrific turn of events told the Verona Press they tried to stop Henry Pullett Jr., 68, from fatally shooting his 64-year-old girlfriend and then himself. But several attempts at intervention failed.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to the home on Storytown Road - just outside the Town of Verona limits - at about 3:30 p.m., and both were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a DCSO release. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s office revealed the identities of Pullett and Elizabeth Singler on Friday.

Michael Briggs, who until recently ran a law practice with wife Norma out of their home on Storytown Road, described Pullett as “emotionally unstable” when he showed up to their house unexpectedly Thursday afternoon with Singler.

Michael Briggs said after about an hour, it was clear the relationship between Pullett and Singler was bad, and Norma advised Singler to lock herself in the bathroom, which she did.

“I told him he had two choices,” Michael Briggs said. “I was going to call 911 or he was going to get in the car with me and I’d take him wherever he wanted to go.”

Pullett reacted poorly to the threat to call 911 and attempted to break down the bathroom door Singler was behind. When he was unable to, Norma Briggs got in front of the door, telling Pullett he had to stop.

Pullett then pulled a gun out of his coat pocket, and while standing about “12 inches” from Norma Briggs, fired the gun at the lock on the door, Michael Briggs said.

When the door opened, Pullett shot Singler multiple times. He went over to the top of the stairwell, and shot himself in the head three times.

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