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.
It’s that time of year again where all of the little ones dress up and say those magical words “trick-or-treat.” Whether you are heading out with Strawberry Shortcake or Count Dracula, it’s important for us as parents to make this night safe and fun for everyone.
Try to map out the route that you and your children will be taking prior to trick-or-treating. It’s always best if you have an adult accompanying your children, but if you have older children who you trust to be responsible, explain the route that they should take, and make sure that it’s very well-lit.
Make sure that your children only go to well-lit homes as well. Children should be aware that if there is a sidewalk they shouldn’t stray from that path, and if there is not a sidewalk in your neighborhood, make sure that your kids know that they should stay on the left side of the road facing the oncoming traffic. Reviewing basic rules of where to walk, and to look both ways before crossing the street are important.
Children shouldn’t touch their candy until they are home. You want to make sure that it is safe before your children consume the goodies in their trick or treat bags. Staying safe is important and will help to make this year another Happy Halloween for your children.
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