The man who committed suicide on Tuesday night has now been identified as 35-year-old Chad Cross. Cross shot himself after a female friend called the police at 8:14 p.m to report that he was suicidal and carrying a gun.
Cross exited a car as officers approached the scene and began to walk down the 800 block of Manor Drive near Kensington Drive when police heard a gunshot. Cross shot himself in the chest and fell to the ground.
Cross’s female friend who originally called 911, told the police she believed that he was carrying explosive devices. A package was found near the man’s body. The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad was called to the scene.
They found the package contained black powder and ammunition for a muzzle loaded weapon. A robot was used to move the package to a safe location where it was destroyed.
The Bomb Squad was also called to Cross’s residence on South Street where police found a suicide note and tools and materials to make a bomb.
Here’s a picture of Cross in 2010 during a Civil War reenactment that he was participating in. As with any suicide, seeing anyone take their own life is a very sad experience that we always could have been avoided.
AroundWaukesha.Com sends out our deepest condolences to friends and family members that Chad left behind.