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Murder-suicide in Grantsburg

A 40-year-old Grantsburg woman died Friday night when her estranged husband broke into her house and shot her with a shotgun before taking his own life.
Nelson Bradshaw, 41, English, after parking his vehicle at the nearby State Highway Garage, entered Jill Wyman Bradshaw’s residence at 2506 South S.R. 37 about 10:30 p.m. after firing a 12-gauge shotgun five times on the lock of an exterior master bedroom door on a rear deck, said Indiana State Police Detective Phil Stowers.
Jill Bradshaw, who was in the bedroom with her 15-year-old daughter, called 911 as Nelson Bradshaw was attempting to enter the home. Jill and her daughter fled to the living room, joining her 12-year-old son and two other children, a cousin and friend.
Bradshaw threatened to kill the children, but, after Jill’s pleas, allowed them to leave. The children ran to a neighbor’s house.
‘She talked him out of that,’ Stowers said. ‘(She) talked him into letting them go.’
English Town Marshal Tim Wilkerson, who heard the dispatch call at the Jay C Store parking lot in English, drove four miles south to Jill Bradshaw’s residence. He was the first police officer at the scene.
‘I could see what was apparently a dispute or struggle through the bay window,’ Wilkerson said.
‘I shouted out, ‘Put the gun down!’ or ‘Don’t do it!’ ‘ he said, but he immediately heard a shot. In a second or two, he heard a second shot. Seeing both bodies on the floor, Wilkerson called for EMS. Unable to get in through the front door, he entered through the rear of the house.
Bradshaw used the shotgun to murder Jill before turning a .357 magnum revolver on himself. Crawford County Deputy Coroner Barry Hubbell pronounced both dead at the scene.
Stowers said he was uncertain what sent Bradshaw into a rage, but said this wasn’t the first time Bradshaw had caused trouble.
‘He’s been over there harassing her before,’ he said.
Bradshaw was briefly jailed last summer for threatening her. As part of his bond agreement, a no-contact order had been issued against Bradshaw, but it was later dropped at Jill’s request, said Crawford County Prosecutor Jim Montgomery,
Montgomery said that he had encouraged Bradshaw to complete a counseling program, which he did.
Stowers said the couple’s divorce was to be finalized within the next week or two.
Wilkerson said he had known the couple more than 30 years, and the murder-suicide left the close-knit community shaken.

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Jill Wyman Bradshaw was a native of Louisville, born Sept. 18, 1964, the daughter of Gordon and Alma Lee Armstrong Hanger of English.
She was the treasurer for Grantsburg Water Co. and was employed with the Crawford County License Branch and Marengo Caves. She was a member of Hillview Christian Church in Marengo.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom O. Wyman, on Oct. 16, 1998.
Survivors besides her parents include a son, Tyler Wyman of Grantsburg; a daughter, Ali Wyman of Grantsburg; a brother, Jeff Hanger of English, and a sister, Stephanie Hart of Seymour.
Her funeral was yesterday (Tuesday) at Hillview Christian Church in Marengo with burial in Mathers Cemetery in English. The Rev. Bob Kelly officiated. Denbo Funeral Home in English handled the arrangements.
Pallbearers were Cary Hammond, Alan Hughes, Larry Smith, Will Wyman, Gordy Tucker, Steve Eastridge, Doug McLain and Tim Stroud.

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Nelson (JR) Bradshaw was a native of Cincinnati, born Feb. 16, 1963, the son of Wanda Faye Campbell Bradshaw of English and the late Nelson Bradshaw Sr.
He was a self-employed painter and wallpaper hanger, and a member of Eckerty Lodge 719 F&AM.
Survivors besides his mother include a brother, Jim Bradshaw of English, and a sister, Inez Cox of Martinsville.
Visitation was yesterday and will be today (Wednesday) after 9 a.m. at Dillman-Green Funeral Home in Marengo.
The funeral will be today at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with burial in Taswell Cemetery. The Rev. Doug Byrum will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Danny Campbell, Darrell Campbell, Jerry Cox and Allen Holzbog.