Police: Suspected Watertown realtor killer kills himself in Franklin County | News, Sports, Jobs
WATERTOWN — State Police confirmed late Wednesday that a Carthage man who allegedly shot and killed two people earlier in the day at a Clinton Street real estate office died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say Barry K. Stewart’s death occurred after he was located by troopers in Franklin County on Route 11B near Doug Smith Road.
Stewart, 55, allegedly shot and killed two people Wednesday afternoon inside BridgeView Real Estate Services, 145 Clinton St., Suite 111, Watertown, where Stewart previously worked as a real estate agent.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, state police identified the two victims of Wednesday’s shooting as Maxine M. Quigg, 50, of Wellesley Island, and Terence M. O’Brien, 53, of Black River. The victims were co-owners of Bridgeview Real Estate Services, where the shooting took place.
Following a State Police vigilance alert, a State Police K9 unit observed Stewart’s vehicle on Highway 11B in the town of Dickinson, Franklin County, and attempted to park the vehicle. Stewart, according to state police, left the roadway and was found inside the vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Stewart, according to his corporate website, owned Homes by Barry Stewart, a franchise of eXp Realty. Stewart, according to his biography on the website, served in the military for 25 years and he moved upstate after retiring from the military.
“I do not compromise my integrity for anything”, Stewart said in a video on his website titled “About me.” “I tell myself that if I’ve come this far in life where I come from, there’s nothing anyone can do to me that I can’t get over.”
The two real estate brokers shot dead at their workplace were active in the community and known to always police their agents.
“The real estate community has absolutely turned upside down,” said Linda J. Fields, a local real estate educator who has taught both.
Quigg and O’Brien, 53, previously worked together at Exit More Real Estate, and when they learned the business was closing, they decided to open their own brokerage, Bridgeview Real Estate Services LLC, in 2016 .
Many of their former colleagues from Exit More have joined them. They’ve built a staff of somewhere between 35 and 40 officers. Fields said they weren’t just successful in their jobs, but were kind people who were active in the community and had wonderful families.
“They were just the ideal brokers to work for,” Fields said. “They were absolutely wonderful.”
Fields also taught Stewart his real estate classes. She remembers him as kind, opinionated and a good real estate agent. It appears Stewart left Bridgeview in March and was working at eXp Realty in Watertown.
“As a student, he was very curious” she said. “He knew what he wanted to do. He was eventually going to open a business.
Fields said there must be something wrong with Stewart for him to commit such an act.
“It’s a sad situation all around”, she said. “Nobody should have died like that.”