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Cadiz man charged with homicide
Man evaded police after shooting victim several times
Lucas Stuhr
Lucas Stuhr

MONROE — In an announcement Jan. 24, officials from Green and Rock County law enforcement agencies revealed that a recent vehicle chase from Cadiz to rural Brodhead was started by a man who had allegedly shot and killed a Janesville resident earlier that day.

Lucas Eugene Stuhr, 39, Browntown, was arrested on a charge of first degree intentional homicide after a verbal altercation outside the home of a lifelong Janesville resident. The disagreement outside of a residence in the 2600 block of Kellogg Avenue led to the 41-year-old being shot “multiple times,” said Janesville Police Chief David Moore.

The incident was rooted in a domestic disagreement, he added. The suspect had shown up at the home in Janesville because his former girlfriend was there with the victim. After an argument outside of the house and the subsequent shooting, witness testimony informed police that Stuhr had fled the scene.

Janesville authorities notified the Green County Sheriff’s Office just after 6 p.m. to be looking for the suspect and his vehicle, Sheriff Jeff Skatrud said. Monroe Police were also notified. A Monroe Police officer identified the vehicle on the outskirts of the city heading westbound along Wisconsin 11, Skatrud said.

The police officer followed Stuhr to his residence east of Ullom Road in Cadiz Township within the W7900 block of Wis. 11. Skatrud said the suspect drove into his driveway but did not stop once officers activated emergency lights and sirens, instead continuing between buildings and driving on to a snow-covered field before eventually rejoining Wis. 11. An all-wheel drive sheriff’s squad vehicle pursued through the field and more officers joined in the pursuit along Wis. 11 just east of Monroe.

The chase reached speeds of approximately 90 mph.

The suspect was able to evade stop sticks in the road meant to disable his vehicle, Skatrud added. Brodhead Police officers set up a tire deflation device on Wis. 11 near County GG, but Stuhr avoided driving over the device and continued into the City of Brodhead and slowed down to speeds of roughly 30 mph.

Skatrud said that the road conditions were “as safe as you can get under those circumstances with this type of incident.” Deputies reported Stuhr turned westbound on on County F and traveled about a mile before turning into the Crazy Horse Campground and mobile home community. Skatrud said the suspect was met with a dead end and exited the vehicle after being commanded to do so by a deputy. The semi-automatic handgun that was in the vehicle was also discarded by command of the deputy.

Stuhr was then arrested. He is currently being detained at the Rock County Jail. Investigation revealed that relatives of the suspect lived in the community where Stuhr was arrested.

Authorities said they were not certain how Stuhr found the residence in Janesville and noted that he would not have had any restrictions keeping him from owning a handgun.

Stuhr pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct with a domestic abuse modifier in Rock County in November 2012 and was ordered to pay a fine. He also pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery in January 2009. As a part of his probation stemming from that incident, he was required to complete anger management courses and complete other assessments and counseling deemed necessary. According to court records, Stuhr was living in Janesville at the time of both incidents.