Police investigate an apparent murder-suicide in Schaghticoke

Posted at: 12/23/2012 11:17 AM
Updated at: 12/24/2012 10:35 AM
By: Cadence Acquaviva

SCHAGHTICOKE - New York State Police say a murder-suicide took place early Sunday morning in a quiet neighborhood in Schaghticoke.

Authorities say Joe Fisher, 37, forced his way into the 180 South Hudson Ave. home of his estranged wife, Jammie Fisher, also 37.

Inside the house was Chris Cammuso, 24, of Mechanicville, who authorities say was Jammie Fisher's boyfriend.

After an altercation, Joe Fisher and Chris Cammuso left the house separately but both soon returned, meeting in the driveway. This time, Joe Fisher was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon.

“While in the driveway of the resident, Chris was gunned down by Joe Fisher. Tragically, Chris succumbed to his injuries," New York State Police Acting Troop Commander Steven James said.

State Police say Joe Fisher then headed to the trailer next door where Jammie Fisher, her grandmother and the Fishers' two children had fled. That’s where Joe Fisher shot and killed himself after forcing his way inside.

No one else was injured.

Commander James stopped short of revealing just how much of the day's horror the Fisher children witnessed.

In his words, “Tragically, there are episodes that they did observe.”

Authorities and one neighbor told NewsChannel 13 this wasn't the first altercation involving Chris Cammuso at Jammie Fisher's home. A similar dispute took place just two and a half weeks ago.

Investigators with ATF are looking into how Fisher obtained the firearm. 

State Police say it does not appear that he had a pistol permit.