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UPDATE: Clark County DA says Fatal Shooting by Officer was Justified

By: WSAW Staff
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UPDATE: Fri 11:07 AM, Mar 21, 2014

The fatal shooting of a man on Dec. 13, 2013 during a confrontation by a Neillsville police officer was justified, a prosecutor has ruled.

Clark County District Attorney Lyndsey Boon Brunette made the determination following an investigation by the Department of Criminal Investigations and the Clark County Sheriff's Department.

Ricky Taylor, 23, was killed when he approached police officer Aaron Bembnister armed with a knife and refused to drop it. Officer Bembnister was responding to a domestic disturbance. During the confrontation, the Taylor was shot by the officer. Taylor was transported to Memorial Medical Center by ambulance, then flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, where the he later died.

"I have concluded there is no basis to believe officer Bembnister committed any crime,” explained District Attorney Boon Brunette. “The shooting, although regrettable, was in fact justified under the circumstances”.

Investigators concluded Taylor pointed a knife at officer Bembnister at close range. According to the District Attorney's legal opinion Taylor's level of intoxication may have played a role in his non-compliance. Court document say he had a blood alcohol level of .198.

Bembnister was on administrative leave during the investigation; which is standard protocol.

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UPDATE: Mon 5:14 PM, Dec. 16, 2013

The Clark County Sheriff's Department has confirmed the name of man shot killed and killed by an officer during a confrontation early Friday morning.

The department said in a news release, the victim is Ricky Taylor, 23.

The Sheriff's Department said Neillsville police officer Aaron Bembnister responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Grand Avenue around 2:32 a.m. on Dec. 13. Investigators say while at the residence he was confronted by Taylor who was holding a knife. Taylor was ultimately shot after approaching the officer and being advised numerous times to drop the knife.

Bembnister is on administrative leave during the investigation; which is standard protocol.

Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation are conducting the investigation.

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UPDATE: Fri 5:50 PM, Dec. 13, 2013

The Clark County Sheriff's Department says a 23-year-old man has died after and an officer involved shooting early Friday morning.

According to the press release, an officer from the Neillsville Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance around 2:30 a.m. It was learned in the call that the suspect may have knife.

When the officer arrived the suspect approached the officer with the knife and refused to drop it. The Sheriff's Department says that's when the officer shot the suspect. The suspect died at a Marshfield hospital.

The Sheriff's Department has not released the name of the suspect, however during an interview with WEAU-TV, a woman identifying herself as the suspect's mother said her son is Ricky Taylor, 23.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 11:27 AM, Dec. 13, 2013

One person has died after an officer involved incident early Friday morning in Neillsville.

According to a news release from the Neillsville Police Chief, around 2:32 a.m. police were requested to respond to a domestic disturbance at a home on Grand Avenue.

An Officer from the Neillsville Police Dept. arrived and was confronted by a subject with a weapon.

During the confrontation, the subject was shot by the Officer. The involved subject was transported to Memorial Medical Center by ambulance, then flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, where the subject later died.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office and the WI Dept. of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident.


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