Sheriff: No indication of trouble with former deputy accused of murder
MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney says his staff is still struggling to understand what happened after one of his former deputies is accused of murdering two women.
Mahoney held a news conference Sunday afternoon to discuss how his staff is dealing with the incident. Fitchburg police said Saturday former deputy Andy Steele is a suspect in the homicide of Steele's wife Ashlee Steele and her sister Kacee Tollefsbol, found shot in the Steeles' home Friday afternoon. Dane County deputies were the first to enter the home in Fitchburg.
Steele left the department in June after he was diagnosed with ALS and could no longer perform the job duties of a deputy, according to Mahoney. He was working at the jail at the time. He was with the sheriff's office 14 years.
Mahoney says the office has brought in grief counselors to help staff cope with the tragedy. He says the department has been left shaken and will be deeply impacted.
The department stayed in contact with Steele every day after he left duty, including earlier on Friday before the incident. Mahoney says there was no indication that there was trouble, which is part of the shock for those who know the Steele family.
Fitchburg police have not released details about what led to the deaths. Police said Saturday Andy Steele was in police custody in the hospital recovering from injuries not caused by law enforcement officers.