On the day of the hearing

Kenneth, 44, and Dawn, 41, Brulla were due in court on Tues. for a hearing on their divorce. The divorce was filed in Feburary. But about the time of the hearing, police were being called to an address on a report of a woman being held against her will.

When police arrived, Kenneth Brulla was reportedly seen stabbing Dawn Brulla. Police ordered him to stop, but he continued to stab her. One of the responding officers shot Brulla, but they say that while they were there, Brulla was doing it so quickly he managed to stab Dawn about 6 times as the officer was shooting him.

Dawn Brulla was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent surgery. She had a laceration to the back of her head, broken ribs, other broken bones and multiple stab wounds to her upper abdomen, arms and wrists. She is now reported to be in fair condition.

Police believe that Dawn was abducted from her home about 10 pm on Monday night. She was bound with strips cut from the bathrobe she was wearing, and taken to an abandoned garage that did not belong to either Brulla. Police arrived at the scene between 8 and 8:30 the next morning.

Police say that when Dawn was found, she had a ligature around her neck, and that the material in the ligature matched the rope that was tied to a rafter. Both ropes appear to have been cut. Police believe that indicates she may have been hanged at some point. Police also found a camera set up at the scene, ready to record, but they are not releasing any info as to what or how much was recorded.

An autopsy was completed on Kenneth Brulla, and toxicology tests were sent off. The autopsy shows that Brulla was shot in the chest 5 times. Brulla has reportedly had prior contact with authorities. Media is reporting there are court records of domestic abuse, disorderly conduct, resisting officers, criminal damage, bail jumping, lewd and lascivious behavior, and trespassing.

Police have completed a lengthy interview with Dawn Brulla to attempt to learn the sequence of events that occurred. During the interview they report that she asked about the officer who shot her husband. And reportedly her words were “He was going to kill me and the officer had to shoot. Can you thank him for me?”’

The owners of the property indicate that Brulla had approached them about buying the property some months ago, and indicated some bitterness over the ex-wife and the divorce. But the sale did not happen. They were shocked when officers asked them to unlock the garage, and she found a man standing there.

http://www.sheboygan-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060810/SHE0101/608100569/1062/SHEnews

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2006/08/09/wi/officer.txt

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=4443904

http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=5255799

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2 Comments

  1. soobs said,

    August 10, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    Thank goodness for the fast actions of the police!

  2. February 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    How very tragic. The Ken we knew and went to high school with was a good man. Untreated mental illness associated with street drugs and alcohol produce these types of tragic results more often than not. Don’t be ashamed to seek help if someone you know needs intervention…the life you save might be your own. Matthew 7:7. Our hearts go out to all the family and friends. Keep hope alive.


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