Published On: Mon, Oct 22nd, 2012

Radcliffe Houghton, Wisconsin spa shooter, had a history of domestic abuse

The Wisconsin man suspected of opening fire at a salon where his wife worked, killing three women and wounding four others, had a history of domestic abuse and had been arrested for slashing his wife’s tires a few weeks earlier, police said.

Radcliffe Franklin Haughton

Police say three people were killed and four wounded in the Sunday morning shooting at the Azana Day Spa. Authorities spent much of Sunday afternoon looking for the gunman.

They say they believe the shooting was related to a domestic dispute.

Haughton’s wife sought court protection four days after he slashed her tires on October 4, Brookfield police said.

Police arrested him and a judge granted a four-year restraining order on Thursday. As part of the order, Haughton was prohibited from owning a firearm.

Authorities said it would take time to sort out exactly what happened, and emphasized they were still interviewing witnesses and rescuers and didn’t have a firm timeline of events. Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto called the shootings “a senseless act on the part of one person.”

They also found a 1-pound propane tank they initially thought might be an improvised explosive device, Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said. That slowed the search of the building as law enforcement agents waited for a bomb squad to clear the scene.

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