Law enforcement groups post messages of support after deadly shootings

Published: Mar. 23, 2017 at 8:21 AM CDT
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Law enforcement agencies from north central Wisconsin and around the state are sharing their support for the four people killed during a series of shootings Wednesday, including an Everest Metro Police officer killed in the line of duty.

As of Thursday morning, none of the victims had been identified.

Among the posts on their respective social media accounts, the Wausau Police Department posted Wednesday, "Our hearts, love, prayers, thoughts, and every part of our being goes out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives [Wednesday.] Words can't properly express the sadness and grief that lies in our soul right now."

Along with a message offering their support to the families involved, the Langlade County Sheriff's Office posted Wednesday, "to the Everest Metro Police Department we offer our support and prayers for the loss of our brother in blue."

From Portage County on Wednesday night, "The men and women of the Portage County Sheriff's Office express their deepest sympathies, along with our thoughts and prayers, for the victims and families."

Several agencies sent officers and deputies to assist with the case in the immediate aftermath of the shootings. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is now heading the case.

Rachel Semrow, a counselor with the Behavioral Health Clinic of Wausau spoke about the coping process when faced with tragedy.