911 tape captures chilling moments sister found wounded brother

June 18, 2019 09:02 PM

St. Croix County prosecutors in court on Tuesday played the 911 tape when Somer Fleischauer found her 19-year-old brother, Chase, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head.

Kayle Fleischauer is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities say he shot and killed his 19-year-old son, Chase, a college student and Tartan High School graduate.


"I was just saying, 'Chase, Chase ...,'” said Somer Fleischauer. “I said, 'please get up.'”

She described finding Chase bleeding on the kitchen floor on April 14, 2018 at her father’s Richmond Township home in Wisconsin.

"I put my head on his chest, I could still hear his heart beating,” Somer said.

Dispatchers over the phone tried to help Somer perform CPR, but lifesaving efforts were not successful.

At one point on the 911 tape played in court, you could hear Kayle Fleischauer say, “... my son is ... my son is gone …”

Related: Judge dismisses motion to dismiss charges against father accused of fatally shooting son

Defense lawyers have contended in court that the 43-year-old Fleischauer did not fire the fatal shot, instead, his son did, planning to lay out more as the trial continues.

Court papers said police discovered the handgun in a hallway, approximately 12 to 15 feet away from where Chase’s body was found in the kitchen.

At the request of their father, the siblings went to his house for dinner and drinks, according to testimony.

Somer said she was asleep downstairs at the time of the shooting, only to awake to a loud sound from the floor above.

As she ran upstairs, she told the court her father didn't want her to call 911, nor would he immediately give her the address to get first responders to his house.

"I was just screaming at him, 'what did you do to him ... what have you done to him ...,'" recalled Somer. “He was just silent.”

Editor's Note: The copy has been corrected to state Kayle Fleischauer was arrested in Richmond Township rather than New Richmond Township.

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