A murder-suicide rocked the Town of Schaghticoke Sunday morning, just two days before Christmas. Our Beth Croughan was at State Police headquarters in Latham, where they recently held a press conference.
SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- "So I looked out my window and I saw a guy with a rifle walking over. Which, it's my neighbor and I know who he is. And he walked through the front door over there. He opened the storm door and kicked it in and within 40 to 50 seconds, I heard a shot go off," said a neighbor on South Hudson Avenue.
That shot he heard Sunday morning is the one State Police said Joe Fisher, 37, used to take his own life. And he did so, they said, with family close by.
"There was verbiage and there were actions on the part of Joe Fisher. Menacing with the weapon and he did express some of his intent," said State Police Captain Steven James.
But before State Police said Fisher forced his way into 176 South Hudson, they said he forced his way into his estranged wife's home next door.
"His wife is identified as Jamie Fisher, 37 years of age. And in some substance, a domestic argument is reportedly to have ensued," said James.
At some point soon after, State Police said Fisher left 180 South Hudson, returned and then engaged in an altercation in the driveway with his wife's boyfriend, 24-year-old Chris Cammuso. That's where Cammuso was "gunned down" by Fisher with a semi-automatic weapon.
"During this time, the family then departs, ideally for a safe haven and they arrived next door," said James.
The Fisher's two children were home at the time. State Police said they likely saw some of what happened, but said both them and Jamie Fisher were not hurt. 176 South Hudson, State Police said, was Jamie's grandmother's house.
State Police news conference
State Police gave a news conference on Sunday afternoon. You can watch it in its entirety below.
YNN: Police investigating murder-suicide
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