Love Triangle Leads to Traverse City Murder-Suicide

By: AP
By: AP

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A golf professional who formerly worked at a local country club fatally shot a businessman near downtown Traverse City, then killed himself after a confrontation over an apparent love triangle, police said Friday.
William A. Welch shot Michael Lawton Teter twice with a handgun in a parking lot early Thursday afternoon, then turned the gun on himself, city police Capt. Steve Morgan said. Both men died at the scene.
Welch, 44, the former golf pro, had previously worked for Teter, president of an orthotics and prosthetics company. Morgan said both men were in the process of divorcing from their respective wives.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported that Teter had acknowledged in divorce papers having had an affair with Welch's wife. In a news release, police said Welch confronted Teter and made a comment about infidelity before firing the fatal shots.
The shooting happened after Teter and the general manager of his company had lunch with Welch's wife, Brenda Welch, police said. The two men were walking toward Teter's car when William Welch approached them.
After the shooting, the general manager called authorities. No one else was hurt.
A number of local schools and businesses were on lockdown for a short time after the shootings.


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