UPDATE: 1 of 2 killed in I39 crash was armed, suspected in Schofield battery case

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By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU PILOT AND REVIEW

Police say one of two men killed in a high speed chase was armed with a loaded handgun and was suspected of beating a former girlfriend Sunday in Schofield.

The Department of Justice has identified the two men killed in the crash, which happened Monday in Columbia County, as Ter-Rance Phillit Simmons, 24, and Terrance P. Simmons, 26, both of Wausau.

The DOJ says Ter-Rance Phillit Simmons is suspected of kidnapping.

Everest Metro Police Chief Clay Schultz issues this updated release on Tuesday:

“On Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 12:07 a.m., Everest Metro Police responded to a report of battery in the City of Schofield.  Responding officers quickly learned that an adult female party was beaten and forcefully taken away from the scene in a vehicle.  It was reported the victim’s boyfriend was the suspect.  This male suspect also assaulted another female party who tried to intervene.  The whereabouts of the victim and suspect were unknown until late afternoon on Sunday.  The victim was located and interviewed by Everest Metro Police Detectives.  Information was gathered about the identity of the suspect and his possible whereabouts.  It was also learned the suspect was armed with a loaded handgun.

“With the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ)-, Division of Criminal Investigation, we developed a suspect vehicle.  This vehicle was located in Columbia County.  While local law enforcement was attempting to locate and make contact with the car, the vehicle crashed at a high rate of speed.  Both occupants died at the scene.  One occupant was confirmed to be the suspect in the battery incident in Schofield.”

Schultz said the investigation is still active.