Update: Cause of Death Released for Father Allegedly Killed by Son


UPDATE -- The Rock County Coroner Reports that Bruce Hemmey was killed by blunt force trauma consistent with being hit by a hammer. 

BELOIT -- The Beloit neighborhood on Sunshine Lane is quiet again, but early Monday morning, it was a busy crime scene.

"I was asleep. I had my air conditioning on so I didn't hear anything at all last night," recalls Denise Isabell, who lives nearby.  "I didn't know anything 'til about 4:30 this morning when my kids started telling me there were police outside."

A murder had been reported to have taken place in the 2200 block of Sunshine Lane at about 1:30 am. Investigators say 30-year-old Peter Hemmy walked into the Beloit Police Department and told them that his father was dead. 

Fifty-eight year old Bruce Hemmy was pronounced dead at the scene. His son, Peter Hemmy, who also lives at the home, is now charged with first degree intentional homicide.

"The gentleman gave further information implicating himself in the death," adds Captain Dan Risse of the Beloit Police Department.

It’s an act that didn’t really surprise some neighbors.

"When my fiancé is out mowing the grass, [Peter Hemmy would] come out and he's talking to the lawn mower saying stuff like, 'You can't defeat me!' And, talking to the grass and just weird stuff," Isabell remembers.

"For us, in our community, a death doesn't occur [here] very often.  And, in this particular case, a domestic related death is even more infrequent," Captain Risse stated.
Isabell says she’s saddened by what happened, but also relieved that there wasn’t more violence and that Peter Hemmy turned himself in to authorities.  “It's really sad that it really did happen at all, and it's sad that it happened to his family, but at least nobody else in our area was hurt because of him," she said.

The Rock County Coroner will determine if an autopsy is needed. The case has been turned over to the Rock County District Attorney’s office.

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