Medical examiner identifies dead in Sunday’s apparent father-son murder-suicide

April 3, 2018 GMT

A man who is believed to have killed his son and then himself early Sunday morning were identified Monday by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office as 58-year-old Timothy A. Thorland and 33-year-old Andrew T. Thorland.

The wife and mother of the men reported the incident, which happened around 6:15 a.m. at 614 Meadowlark Drive on the Far East Side. The medical examiner’s office said Andrew Thorland died from “homicidal firearm-related trauma” shortly after arriving at a hospital.

Timothy Thorland had an “apparent self-inflicted firearm injury” and also died soon after being taken to a hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Both men are from Madison, and the elder Thorland was identified by the medical examiner’s office as the suspect in the younger Thorland’s death.

Madison police Chief Mike Koval said Sunday that four shots were fired from a single semi-automatic gun, and the smell of “gunpowder remnants” was in the air when officers arrived at the single-family residence.

An acquaintance of the son was also at the house at the time of the shootings, Koval said. Police had previously been called to the home, but that had been “well over a dozen years” ago, he said.

The shooting was the first homicide in the city of Madison this year.