WINNEBAGO COUNTY - There was a tragic ending to an hours long standoff on Highway 41 in the Oshkosh area Wednesday. Two people are dead.
Between Highways 45 and 76 on Highway 41 in Winnebago County, officers worked for two hours to end a standoff. Police have told FOX 11 the man and woman who died shot themselves inside their own car.
Officers said this all started with a robbery. The suspects allegedly robbed a liquor store Wednesday.
"U.S. Highway 41 had been shut down for hours both north bound and south bound as the result of a dynamic and unfolding situation. Due to the serious nature of the call as well as concerns for public safety, it was critical that traffic be re-routed," explained Winnebago Count Sheriff's Captain Mark Habeck
The owner of Hank's Payne's Point in Vinland told FOX 11 off-camera her business was the one robbed. She said a man came into the liquor store with a gun, demanded money and left. The owner told us the suspect got away with about $600.
According to Habeck, the suspects - a man and a woman - drove away from the liquor store around 4 p.m.
"That vehicle was stopped on U.S. Highway 41 between U.S. Highway 45 and State Highway 76," said Habeck.
That's when the standoff began. Several law enforcement agencies were on scene, including a SWAT team.
"Tried to make contact with the individuals in the vehicle and come to a peaceful resolution," explained Habeck. The resolution was not peaceful, and Habeck continued, "deputies on the scene heard two shots fired. It sounded like they came from inside the vehicle."
Habeck said that's when authorities found the man and woman dead.
"Deputies from Winnebago County Sheriff's Office approached the vehicle and found two suspects deceased inside the vehicle. No officers discharged their firearms at the scene," Habeck explained.
The investigation has been turned over to the Oshkosh Police Department.
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