2 dead following Wis. highway standoff
- Associated Press
- August 29, 2013 - 6:00 PM
OSHKOSH, Wis. — A man and a woman sought after a liquor store robbery apparently shot themselves to death during a standoff on a busy highway in Winnebago County, police said Thursday.
Oshkosh police identified the pair as Randy Lamb, 29, and Ashley Luka, 28, both of Neenah.
Sheriff's officials say Lamb matches the description of a man who robbed a liquor store in Vinland Wednesday, WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/1flBG0e ) reported.
The clothes Lamb was wearing and the gun he had match what was seen on surveillance video at the liquor store, authorities said.
The robbery happened around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday. Officers spotted Lamb and Luka speeding away and tried to stop them, leading to the standoff on U.S. Highway 41.
Several law enforcement agencies responded, including a tactical unit. Traffic backed up for miles during the standoff. An officer tried to talk to the pair over a loudspeaker, and the two also were contacted by cellphone.
About 6 p.m. officers heard two gunshots coming from the car. Deputies approached and found the two dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
The sheriff's office said no officers fired their weapons. Final autopsy results are pending toxicology testing.
Sheriff's officials say they recovered evidence from the robbery inside the car. The owner of the liquor store told WLUK the robber got away with about $600.
The investigation into the standoff and deaths has been turned over to the Oshkosh Police Department.
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