Police: Man in deadly Appleton shooting may have suffered from mental health issues


Appleton, Wis. (WBAY) – Police have released a few more details on a deadly shooting involving two brothers in Appleton Saturday night.

The Appleton Police Department said Sunday afternoon that the incident on the 800 block of N. Oneida Street was a domestic violence situation. It involved two brothers ages 24 and 21 who lived together.

Officials say a lengthy verbal argument between the two brothers led to the 21-year-old shooting his 24-year-old brother in the leg.

The 24-year-old man fled the home after being shot. Police say the 21-year-old then shot himself with the same weapon. The self-inflicted gunshot was witnessed by a family member.

The younger brother who shot himself was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 24-year-old man was treated but has since been released from the hospital.

According to police, their investigation shows the 21-year-old brother may have been suffering from mental health issues.

Neighbors became aware of the lights outside the house shortly after the shooting. They saw a multitude of police cars on the street.

Neighbor Paul Gould says officers have been at the house in the past, but he was never concerned about it.

“They get a little ruckus on the Fourth of July, but that’s about it,” Gould said. “Nothing really. There’s always a lot of folks around there, but they seem to be family and friends gathering in a normal fashion.”

Another neighbor who has lived on Oneida Street for over 30 years says he knew the family that lived in the house where the incident took place.

“A couple that have four boys,” said neighbor Patrick Duebler. “They’ve always been very nice. They’ve shared produce and things with us. We’ve gone back and forth with that. We’ve been invited to picnics with them.”

Duebler said once many years ago, he received help from the brother who was injured in the shooting.

“I knew the boys because I hired the one that was wounded,” he said. “Hired him for a summer to work in the gardens that my wife has here.”

Appleton Police Department wants to remind the community that anyone in need of mental health resources can contact the Crisis Hotline at 920-832-4646 or NAMI Fox Valley at 920-954-1550.

Those dealing with domestic violence can contact Harbor House Domestic Abuse for help. They can be reached at 920-832-1666.

This investigation is still ongoing.

An autopsy on the 21-year-old brother who has died is scheduled for Monday.

Action 2 News will continue to bring you updates as the information is made available.