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Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 12:47 p.m.

Bridgewater Township man shoots wife, then kills self

By Kyle Feldscher

A Bridgewater Township man shot his wife and then killed himself at their home in the 13000 block of Austin Road, according to police.

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said police went to the home after being alerted that a shooting had just happened. The 47-year-old victim had told police her 64-year-old husband had shot her and then turned the gun on himself, Jackson said.

Deputies and troopers from the Michigan State Police confirmed the man had died from a gunshot wound, Jackson said. The woman was transported by the Huron Valley Ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital. The woman was originally listed as in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition, Jackson said.

The Manchester Enterprise has reported that the man was Brent Fairfield and he had shot his wife, Jennifer, in the chest and shoulder.

Jackson said the reason for the shooting is still unknown at this point, but the Enterprise reported the Fairfields had been arguing earlier in the day.

The investigation into the shooting is on-going, Jackson said.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 1:46 p.m.


Barb's Mom

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 3:51 a.m.

Why doesn't this story tell us that this happened Saturday evening? It makes it sound like it just happened today.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 9:09 p.m.

I'm so sorry to hear about this. I hope that she makes a good recovery from her wounds. So many people are near the edge.

Mr. Ed

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

"the reason for the shooting is still unknown at this point," There is no reason a person should shoot another except in self defense or the defense of another.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 6:45 p.m.

Your link to the Manchester paper is being redirected to another site.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

I went to the Manchester Enterprise site and clicked on the story directly and was redirected from the story link so it's not on your end.