Man attempts to kill ex-wife’s boyfriend who took his own life

CREATED Jul 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 24, 2013

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE – Police say a man from Salem took his own life after attempting to kill his ex-wife’s boyfriend.
 
42-year-old Dean Knudtson shot 44-year-old Michael Darracott multiple times at Darracott’s Pleasant Prairie home on Cooper Road Tuesday night, Deputy Police Chief Mogensen told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.
 
Knudtson sent an e-mail to friends admitting to the crime after the shooting.  Police confirm he also posted to his Facebook account.
 
The Facebook post is an abbreviated verse from the Biblical book of Ezekiel. It is also a well-known line from the movie Pulp Fiction.
 
“The path of a righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men,” the post reads.  “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my children.  And you will know who I am when I lay my vengeance upon you!”
 
Knudtson drove more than 10 miles to Racine County’s Pritchard Park.  He called 911 and told a dispatcher he would take his own life when officers arrived, police said.  Officers say they heard the fatal shot when they pulled up to the park.
 
Roy Scheller lives near the park and saw officers swarm the area.
 
“The road entrance to the park was blocked off by a squad,” Scheller explained.
 
Darracott is at Froedtert Hospital where doctors listed him in critical condition on Wednesday.