The Standoff

Robert Kowalski, 46, lived in a home with a roommate. But he was reportedly dating Lorraine Kay Morin, 45, who lived a few houses away. On Sunday Kowalski reportedly told his roommate that he had killed Lorraine Morin and was feeling suicidal himself.

The roommate called the sheriff about 11 am. He was away from the address at the time of the call. The sheriff’s department confirmed that Lorraine Morin was found dead in her home and by 2 pm SWAT was surrounding Kowalski’s home.

Reports indicate there were no signs of life in the home. Calls to the home went unanswered. Around 7 pm law enforcement broke some windows in the home and used a pole to pull the drapes back. At that time officers report they knew that Kowalski was alive in the home because he swore at officers. Hours passed with Kowalski still refusing to talk with negotiators. About midnight officers report that Kowalski fired one shot, but about 3 am Kolalski was seen moving around in the home.

The standoff continued throughout the night with the latest media coverage being 4 hours ago indicating that the standoff continuing through late Monday morning. Police have indicated that Kowalski has a history of domestic violence. St Rt 35 has been closed due to the standoff.

Lorraine Morrin was a mother of 6 children ages 9 to 28 years old. The younger children are now reported to be with the older children. **             

** Per a commenter at the dailyinterlake this may not be the first time for Kowalski. Per the commenter Kowalski’s first wife died at his hands. This info has not been confirmed in any media articles as yet.


Monday evening around 6:08 pm police threw cans of tear gas into the home and Kowalski came out and surrendered peacefully. The standoff lasted for 31 hours. Murder charges had been filed against Kowalski on Monday and he was arrested after he surrendered.

Friends and a past girlfriend have told media that Kowalski suffered from bipolar disorder and had problems when he was off his meds. He also became worse when he was drinking. They have said he has been suicidal in the past and there is also a history of domestic violence. The Daily Interlake recounts some of Kowalski’s history and there is no mention of the fate of his first wife.   



  1. Soobs said,

    March 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Well, apparently, the’ve arrested him. Too bad he didn’t do us all a favor, and off himself. IMO, of course.

  2. Trey said,

    March 27, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Soobs, I thought that was where the story was heading! I expected him to kill himself. What took the swat team so long? I thought they were supposed to be trained to quickly settle a hostage situation like this.


  3. little evil said,

    March 28, 2008 at 2:58 am

    Just because someone is bipolar or drinking is not an excuse. I’ve been bipolar all my life and at times drank. I’ve never killed anyone.

  4. August 5, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Lorraine was one in a million. She was fun and her kids absolutely adored her. No one should have to go thru what this vile man has put them thru. Raineys daughter is pregnant and Rainey will never be able to hold the baby in her arms. She has been a friend for 33 years. And I miss her! Bipolar be damned… my daughter’s bipolar and she would never hide behind this disease. In this instance, I believe an eye for an eye…..

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