The suspect in a of three was found near Oak Creek after apparently crashing his car the same morning of the violent incident in the 4400 block of West Morgan Avenue.
According to Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt, Christopher Gish, 38, was taken into custody Saturday after Margaret Litwicki's car was found abandoned in the 600 block of East College Avenue.
After the car was found, Gish was located near the 128th Air National Guard base and was transported to St. Luke's South Shore Hospital for medical treatment. Police would later find Litwicki stabbed to death in her home.
According to Greenfield police:
On Saturday morning at about 2:13 a.m., Oak Creek Police Department officers found a vehicle abandoned in the 600 block of East College Avenue that had been involved in a crash.
That vehicle belonged to Litwicki. After searching the area and not finding a driver or crash victim, an Oak Creek officer went to Litwicki's home to try to make contact with her. After extensive attempts to contact someone at the residence including pounding on both doors, pounding on the front window and calling the residence, the Oak Creek officer left notification on the door.
At approximately 5:15 a.m., deputies of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department told Oak Creek officers they found Gish near the area of the 128th Air National Guard base. Gish was transported to St. Luke's South Shore for medical treatment. Oak Creek officers learned that the subject lived at the Morgan Avenue address.
During his time at St. Luke's, Gish made statements that led the officers to become concerned for the residents of 4428 W. Morgan Ave. and contacted the Greenfield Police Department to check on the welfare of the occupants.
At 6:01 AM, Greenfield officers responded to the Morgan address and spent several minutes trying to rouse the occupants. After some time, they were allowed in and found Litwicki in an upstairs bedroom.
Gish was subsequently transported to the Greenfield Police Department and then Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility. Detectives will be meeting with representatives of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office Monday or Tuesday.
Litwicki’s children, ages 8 and 6, as well as two other adults were home at the time of the homicide but police do not believe any of them witnessed the incident.
The investigation is ongoing.
Wentlandt said contrary to reports from some media outlets, there was no police response to Litwicki's home Friday, July 13, and that the last call to the victim’s residence was on June 6, for trouble with a juvenile neighbor.
"This agency knows of no history of domestic violence involving the suspect and victim," Wentlandt said in a statement.