UPDATE: Adams Co. Deputy Returns to Work, Presented with Purple Heart

By: Team Coverage Email
By: Team Coverage Email

UPDATE: Wed 12:15 PM, Oct. 2, 2013

The Adams County Sheriff's Department has present Deputy Todd Johnson with a Purple Heart Award after being shot while on duty.

Deputy Johnson was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance in the Town of Big Flats on February 19.

Deputy Johnson returned to work full time on September 11.

Sheriff Sam Wollin and Chief Deputy Terry Fahrenkrug presented Deputy Johnson with a Purple Heart award during the event.

The citation accompanying the award read: “This is to certify that Sheriff Sam Wollin has awarded the Purple Heart to Deputy Todd Johnson Adams County Sheriff’s Office for being injured while responding to a suspicion complaint on February 19, 2013 in the Township of Big Flats. Deputy Johnson approached the residence and encountered a male subject inside of the residence. Verbal commands were given by Deputy Johnson, at which time the subject presented a handgun and fired several rounds in the direction of Deputy Johnson. Deputy Johnson was struck by the gun fire and sustained injuries. Deputy Johnson’s selfless act disrupted an incident of domestic violence and the potential homicide of the victim. Deputy Johnson’s decision to place himself in harm’s way resulted in saving the life of the victim. Deputy Johnson’s courageous commitment to public safety is a great credit to himself and the men and women of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.”

UPDATE: 3/14 at 6:01 p.m.

Mid-State Technical College Correctional Club is selling key chains in honor of a deputy injured in the line of duty. Cost is a suggested donation of $5 with proceeds benefiting Deputy Todd Johnson.

Deputy Johnson of the Adams County Sheriff's Department was shot at a property in Big Flats while investigating suspicious activity with another officer last month. The suspect died of self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Johnson was released from the hospital and is recovering from his injuries.

Those interested in purchasing a key chain can email Courtney Kostuchowski at courtney.kostuchowski@mstc.edu or call 715-422-5523.

In addition, the Adams County Deputy Sheriff’s Association has set up a benefit bank account for Deputy Johnson and his family at an Adams bank.

Donations can be made to the following account:
Adams County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
For the Benefit of Todd Johnson and Family
Grand Marsh State Bank
501 N. Main St. P.O. Box 10
Adams, WI 53910

UPDATE: 3/1 at 4:29 p.m

The deputy, Todd Johnson, injured in the shooting on Feb. 19 in Adams County was released from the hospital on Friday, according to a hospital spokesperson.

UPDATE 2/20 at 6:35 pm

A spokesperson for St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield confirms the suspect in an Adams County shooting has died. He's been identified as Thomas Costigan, 55. There is no word on the condition of the sheriff's deputy, 43-year old Todd Johnson. Both were taken to the hospital after the shooting Tuesday evening.


UPDATE: 2/20 at 5:43 pm

According to a press release from the Adams County Sheriff's Department, a 52-year-old woman reported missing by the West Allis Police Department was found at the residence unharmed.

The Adams County Deputy and Town of Rome Police Officer were also not aware of the domestic violence incident reported by the West Allis PD.

UPDATE: 2/20 at 11:53 am

The incident may involve a missing woman from West Allis, near Milwaukee. West Allis Police say an unnamed 52-year-old went missing after "marital and domestic incidents."

Officials in Adams County were sent to a a location the couple frequents in that area and a shooting that matches the Big Flats incident resulted.

Press Release from the West Allis Police Department:

On 02/19/13 at approximately 5:54 PM, the West Allis Police Department was notified of a person missing under suspicious circumstances. Investigation revealed that a 52 year old female from West Allis was missing from a residence in the 9800 block of W. Vigo Terrace since noon that date.

Officers received information that the female and her 55 year old spouse had recent marital and domestic incidents resulting in a no contact order being in place and that she may be with him in an unknown location under unknown circumstances.

Based on the situation described to officers, other law enforcement agencies were alerted that she was missing and may be endangered. Information was received that the family has a location in Adams Friendship that they frequent and a request was sent to law enforcement in that jurisdiction to check for them and on the welfare of the female involved.

Our agency was informed that an officer in the Adams Friendship area located the people in question and an incident occurred resulting in an officer being injured and the male suffered a gunshot wound.

The circumstances in Adams are referred to the law enforcement agencies investigating in that jurisdiction for any further comment and information.

The complete circumstances and events that occurred in West Allis are still under investigation by the detective bureau at the West Allis Police Department.


The Adams County Sheriff's Department is confirming the law enforcement officer shot Tuesday evening is a sheriff's deputy.

According to a press release, the deputy and another person were taken to a trauma center via helicopter.

The release says the deputy and a Town of Rome police officer were responding to a report of suspicious activity in a home when they made contact with a male subject inside.

Shots were fired and both the deputy and male found inside were struck by gunfire.

Earlier reports say the incident happened on 10th Ave. in the Town of Big Flats, north of Adams Friendship.

The State Department of Criminal Investigation has been called in to investigate.

A news conference is scheduled for this morning at 10 a.m., we have a crew headed to it. Stay tuned to NewsChannel 7 and www.wsaw.com for the latest information.

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