UPDATE: The Washington County Sheriff’s Dept has now confirmed another death, bringing the death total to three. During a search of nearby properties, SWAT officers located one additional victim that died of an apparent gunshot wound.
According to the updated press release,
A home invasion suspect and a resident have been killed in what authorities describe as an officer-involved shooting in Washington County, just south of Kewaskum.
According to a Washington County Sheriff Dept. press release,
On Wednesday February 3, 2021 at approximately 2:50 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a landline 911 phone call from a resident in the 8100 Block of Forest View Road in the Town of Kewaskum reporting a subject that forced his way into the residence demanding the keys to a vehicle. Deputies and an officer from the Kewaskum Police Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene.
At approximately 2:56 p.m. a second 911 call from a neighboring residence reported hearing shots fired and observed an armed subject walking towards the caller’s residence. Upon deputy(ies) arrival, there was an exchange of gunfire with the armed suspect, followed by the suspect fleeing on foot. A perimeter was established and a drone located a subject matching the suspect’s description a short distance north of the deputy(s) initial encounter. Officers approached and located the suspect deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. A firearm was also located near the decedent.
Additional responding deputies located a deceased subject outside the first 911 caller’s residence. A witness stated that the resident had been shot by the armed suspect prior to law enforcement’s arrival.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation has also been requested by the Sheriff’s Office to investigate law enforcement’s shooting of the suspect. Wisconsin state law requires an outside agency investigates all officer-involved fatal shootings.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of the local resident.
The press release continues that while there is no longer a threat to the community, roadways in the immediate area will remain closed to facilitate the ongoing investigation. As such, motorists are requested to avoid the area.
WRN will update the story as new information is received.