William Schnittman: Champion Michigan rower, Olympic hopeful, dies in Okla.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Authorities say an ex-member of three national champion University of Michigan rowing teams with aspirations to compete in the Olympics was fatally shot by his girlfriend’s estranged-husband in Oklahoma City in a murder-suicide.

AnnArbor.com and the Detroit Free Press say 25-year-old Bloomfield Hills native William Schnittman died Friday. He rowed for Michigan’s national championship squads in 2008-10, moving to Oklahoma City after graduation to train with the National High Performance Center.

Police Capt. Dexter Nelson says that 36-year-old Darrell K. Wilson shot Schnittman, then took Wilson’s estranged wife hostage. Nelson says Wilson fled police and fatally shot himself after a car chase.

KWTV says that Schnittman and his girlfriend both sought protective orders against Wilson.

In a statement, USRowing chief executive Glenn Merry expresses “shock and sadness” at Schnittman’s death.

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