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Charges sought against Manitowoc man for fatally shooting brother

Robert Sullivan
Carey Sullivan
Robert Sullivan

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - We're learning more about a murder investigation in the city of Manitowoc.

Police are recommending first-degree intentional homicide charges against Robert Sullivan. Sullivan allegedly shot and killed his younger brother, Carey Sullivan, with a shotgun at a home where they lived Sunday morning.

Robert Sullivan had been living at his deceased parents’ house for about seven years. Police say Carey Sullivan had recently moved in. Now, Carey is dead and his brother Robert is behind bars.

Police say 65-year-old Robert Sullivan called 911 after an argument turned deadly.

"Our joint dispatch received a call from a man who told them he shot his brother," said Tony Dick, Manitowoc Police Chief.

Dick says officers arrived and arrested Robert Sullivan. Police say 62-year-old Carey Sullivan was dead in the living room.

"The weapon that we've been able to recover was a single-shot 20-gauge shotgun, and that is consistent with wounds that were found on the deceased," said Dick.

Manitowoc police say the victim had been living at the house for two to three weeks. 

"It was an ongoing dispute about finances, but part of the parents’ estate, rolls into money and finances," said Dick.

Police say they have had contact with the brothers before. The Manitowoc County Jail provided FOX 11 Carey Sullivan's mug shot from a previous case.

The District Attorney's office has yet to file a criminal complaint. 

"We do have admissions, we do have a confession, but we have to verify all those statements, and try to do our best job to tie up all the loose ends," said Dick.

Some neighbors say they saw tensions rising between the brothers. Others say the shooting comes as a surprise.

"Many of the people that live here have lived here since the neighborhood's inception. I just think everyone's shocked and saddened, sad for the family," Connie Borys of Manitowoc told FOX 11.

An autopsy for Carey Sullivan was scheduled for Monday. Robert Sullivan is expected to be in court Tuesday for a bail hearing.

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