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Gunshot after argument in Monroe home
Times photo: Adam Krebs Police and emergency personnel prepare to put a gunshot victim into an ambulance at a Monroe home on 16th St. early Thursday.
MONROE - A domestic dispute early Thursday morning appears to have led to a Monroe man suffering what Monroe Police are calling an "extremely serious gunshot wound to the side of the face."

Monroe Police and Green County EMS personnel were called to 1008 16th St. at about 1:46 a.m. Thursday for a report of a gunshot victim. A 39-year-old male victim was found suffering from a wound to the side of his face. He was transported by Green County EMS to Monroe Clinic Hospital, then transported via medical helicopter to UW-Madison Hospital.

Monroe Police Chief Fred Kelley said the initial investigation indicates the incident was related to an earlier domestic argument between the male victim and his 34-year-old resident girlfriend. According to statements given to police, the girlfriend reportedly went to bed upon conclusion of the argument, and shortly after the male came to bed.

At this point, according to police, the male reportedly suffered a close-quarters gunshot wound to the side of the face from a large-caliber handgun. Police recovered the handgun alleged to have been involved in the incident.

Initial indications are that the gunshot may have been self-inflicted, Kelley said, but police are continuing to investigate to rule out any other possibilities.