DCI seeks witnesses to events before deputy-involved shooting

Authorities seek witnesses to incident leading up to shooting in Oconto County
State Patrol, June 8 2022
State Patrol, June 8 2022(WBAY)
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 3:59 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2022 at 7:28 PM CDT
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TOWNSHIP OF OCONTO, Wis. (WBAY) - One person died after a deputy shot them in Oconto County Wednesday, according to the state Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

On Thursday afternoon, the DCI asked anyone who witnessed the incident that led to Wednesday’s shooting to call (800) 394-6215 and leave a message with what was witnessed and how they could be contacted.

The deputy pulled the car over on Highway 41 near Frog Pond Road after several 911 calls about a reckless driver. It was around 2:52 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to authorities, the deputy noticed the driver was hurt and was trying to help the driver when the passenger got out of the car and came toward the deputy with a knife. The passenger refused to obey commands, and the deputy drew his gun and shot that person. The passenger died at the scene after receiving first aid.

The driver was transported to a hospital. They’re expected to recover from their injuries.

No law enforcement personnel were injured.

The deputy is on administrative leave, which is standard policy after an officer-involved shooting.

The identities of the involved individuals have not yet been released.

The DCI is leading the investigation with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Oconto Police Department, Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office and DOJ’s Office of Crime Victim Services.

We are still waiting to learn more.

INITIAL REPORT

An incident caused the closure of all Highway 41 northbound lanes at County Highway SS in Oconto Wednesday.

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office issued a community notification asking the public to avoid the area around Highway 41 and Frog Pond Road “due to an active call for service”.

Sheriff Skarban said the public is not in danger.

Action 2 News can see an ambulance and police cars at the scene.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) issued the traffic alert at 3:20 p.m.

The identities of the involved individuals have not yet been released.

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