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Police arrest hospitalized man for alleged killing of neighbor

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BELOIT, WI (WTAQ) - A hospitalized man was arrested Monday, after he allegedly killed a neighbor before shooting himself at his rural property west of Beloit.

Rock County authorities said 75-year-old Daniel Bellard faces a possible charge of first-degree intentional homicide. He remains in stable condition at UW Hospital in Madison under a police guard.

The incident happened last Wednesday. Sheriff’s deputies said the arrest was based on evidence gathered at the property, statements by witnesses, and interviews by investigators.

Authorities said Bellard shot and killed 59-year-old Christine Gesterich. Her body was found in a barn on his property – and officers later found Bellard shot and wounded in another of his buildings. 

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