Brown Deer neighbor shocked Radcliffe Haughton responsible for deadly rampage

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Brown Deer neighbor shocked Radcliffe Haughton responsible for deadly rampage

CREATED Oct. 22, 2012

BROWN DEER- Some who knew Radcliffe Haughton say they had no indication he would snap.

A close neighbor of Haughton says besides one serious incident, Radcliffe had no tell tale signs of snapping.

"I never thought it would be my neighbor, Radcliffe," says George Giles, who lives across the street from Radcliffe Haughton's home.

Giles struggles to understand why his neighbor shot seven, killing three before shooting himself.

"I'd say he was a good guy, he wasn't crazy, wasn't homicidal, wasn't suicidal," says Giles.

Giles says he and Haughton were connected due to their military backgrounds.

"I'm kind of devastated by this man...I didn't see it coming."

But there were signs -- obvious signs -- of Radcliffe Haughton's troubles.  Like in January, 2011 when police responded to a fight at the house.

Zina Haughton, his wife, called 9-1-1 after her husband "became upset" and "threw his wife's clothes in the yard."  Zina came to Giles for help.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry
: "What did she tell you about what happened that day?"

George Giles: "That he threatened her and he didn't physically hit her."

The fight sparked an hour and a half standoff with Brown Deer police.  It "ended peacefully" but no arrest.

Zina would not press charges.

Brown Deer police thought Radcliffe had weapons during the standoff but they say neither the husband or wife would allow them access inside.
 
"And everything was back to normal until this week," says Giles.

Brown Deer police say the did not find any weapons inside Radcliffe's home Sunday, but they do say Radcliffe purchased a gun from someone a day before the shooting spree.

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