SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. - State Police gave detailed information about the murder-suicide in Schaghticoke that has left two men dead Sunday morning.
According to State Police, Troop G, 37-year-old Joe Fisher went to a home at 180 South Hudson Street in Schaghticoke, forced his way into the home and a domestic argument broke out between him and his estranged wife, Jamie Fisher, 37, and her boyfriend Chris Cammuso, 24.
"I heard four gun shots and I'm thinking to myself it's not hunting season. Who's shooting? Then we found out what happened," said neighbor Michelle Sgambati.
Police say both Joe Fisher and Cammuso left the residence for a short time, and when Cammuso returned a short time later to retrieve his vehicle – things turned deadly.
"While in the driveway of the residence Chris was gunned down by Joe Fisher. Tragically Chris succumbed to his injuries," said NYS Police Captain Steven James.
Police say Joe Fisher shot Cammuso multiple times in the driveway with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle after an altercation between the two. Cammuso died as a result of his injuries.
Police say Fisher then forced his way into his estranged wife's grandmother's home next door at 176 South Hudson Avenue, where his wife Jamie Fisher and the couple's two children were. He then shot and killed himself. A neighbor recalls what he saw.
"He had a gun in his hand, came across the street over this way to the trailer. He opened the front storm door, kicked the door open and went in. Within probably a minute I heard a shot gun go off and that's when I think he killed himself," said neighbor Gary Brunick.
Police say they were called to the home on December 6 for a dispute between the couple who are still legally married and have been for 13 years according to police.
"There was a dispute and ultimately Mrs. Fisher had the locks changed on the residence. Joe Fisher responded to that residence and after some words he subsequently departed the area," said Captain James.
Gary Brunick says he saw that argument too.
"Living here, knowing that they were having trouble. Seeing the dispute back and forth, then the end result," said Brunick.
Brunick said Fisher was a good neighbor to him for the past ten years that he's lived right across the street from the couple.
"The guy was very good. He had a lot of friends. He did a lot of repair work for many people. He was a smart cookie," said Brunick.
As Brunick and the neighborhood continue to struggle to cope with the tragic scene that unfolded Sunday morning the most difficult thought was that the couple's two children did witness parts of the horrific tragedy, according to police.
"Tragically there are episodes that they did observe," said Captain James.
"There sat the two kids just with a couple dogs alongside of them. It was heartbreaking. I'm telling you it was," said Brunick.
"Very sad, very sad. Those children are going to have that in their head for years," said Sgambati.
Police say the relationship between Jamie Fisher and Cammuso only began a few weeks ago.
Police say that Fisher got the semi-automatic weapon from someone else but would not give any further information. According to State Police, Fisher did not have a pistol permit.
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