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50-year-old woman found dead, husband arrested after standoff in Franklin, police say

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Posted at 5:07 PM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-20 22:40:00-04

FRANKLIN, Wis. — A 48-year-old man was arrested after his wife was found dead in a Greenfield home on Wednesday.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as 50-year-old Jamie Le Ward.

According to the Greenfield Police Department, police were called to a Greenfield home in the 4700 block of West Maple Leaf Circle. An out of state family member asked police to check the welfare of a resident in the home.

Police say a 50-year-old woman who was living at the address was found dead by officers.

The husband of the victim, a 48-year-old man, was arrested by Greenfield police after a brief standoff in Franklin.

Police say this is a domestic incident and there is no threat to the public.

Neighbors tell TMJ4 News that Highway 100 was closed down between Target and Walgreens. A SWAT vehicle was seen parked in front of a motel on the same highway. Police were seen taking the man into custody.

A spokesperson for the Franklin School District told TMJ4 News they sent a message to families at Country Dale School to alert them of the police activity and the possible delay drop off.

Back in Greenfield, neighbors there did not want to speak on camera, but said they were stunned and devastated. Several neighbors TMJ4 News spoke with did not know the couple well. They said they believed the woman had serious medical issues and did not often leave the home.

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