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August, 4th 2020: James Gruettner, Age 59
OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – Charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend and killing her father in Oshkosh.
Joshua W. Aide, 39, is charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and two counts of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. On Aug. 4, police were called to a shooting at a home in the 1700 block of Minnesota Street. Investigators located three gunshot victims. A criminal complaint states 59-year-old James Gruettner had been shot in the forehead. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers located survivor 57-year-old John Miller. He had been shot in the side of the face. Officers said he was bleeding and having trouble talking due to his injury.
Gruettner’s daughter, Rebecca Borkowski, had been shot in the ear. The bullet traveled into the back of the 33-year-old woman’s head. She suffered a fractured skull. The bullet was sitting in “the soft tissue area.”
Miller told police he was at the home on Minnesota Street to fix Borkowski’s vehicle. As he finished, he saw Joshua Aide and heard “pop” noises. Miller stated Aide had threatened him earlier in the day by saying “you better not touch the car” and told him not to be at Rebecca’s home.On officer found James Gruettner on the ground. He was dead.
Another officer spoke with the injured Rebecca Borkowski. She said she was in “tremendous amounts of pain.” She told officers that her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Aide, had shot her. Rebecca said she had been working on the vehicle with her father and Miller. She co-owns the vehicle with Aide. She remembered speaking with Aide on the phone earlier in the evening. They talked about their relationship being “done for good.” She told him that Miller was doing some mechanical work on their vehicle. “The defendant became upset over the fact that someone was going to be working on his vehicle,” reads the complaint. Aide showed up at the home. He walked toward Rebecca with a small black handgun with a red laser at the end of it, according to the complaint. He pointed the gun at Rebecca’s head. She said, “Joshua, what the f—?!”
Police found a .380 caliber shell casings at the scene. Aide was known to have a .380 handgun.
Borkowski said she had known Aide for about 14 years. They had been dating for about five years before breaking up in March.
Aide fled the scene after the shooting. He was located about 11:37 p.m. that night in Green County. He was near his home in Monticello. Deputies noticed that he had a firearm in his holster. They found a .380 handgun and .380 ammunition, according to the criminal complaint. Aide told officers he had no idea why he was under arrest. Officers said he had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. He refused to submit a blood test.