Walworth Co. officer involved shooting found to be justified

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by Becky Mortensen

WALWORTH CO. --- After an investigation, the Walworth County Sheriff's Department has found that an officer involved shooting of an inmate was justified.

The shooting took place back on January 21st in the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

Deputy Richard Lagle was assigned to guard Alfredo Villarreal at the the Aurora Medical Center after Villarreal was transported there for a head wound.

Villarreal asked Deputy Lagle to unshackle him from the hospital bed so he could use the bathroom and when the Deputy tried to re-shackle the inmate's leg to the bed, he became violent. Villarreal kicked the Deputy in the face and then began beating him.

The altercation moved into the hallway where Deputy Lagle tried to tase Villarreal but was unsuccessful. Villarreal ran back into his room and began hitting the window with a chair in an attempt to break it.

Deputy Lagle drew his service weapon and warned the inmate several times to put the chair down. According to the report Villarreal charged Deputy Lagle with the chair and, fearing for his safety, the deputy shot Villarreal five times.

Several other officers responded to the scene and attempted to revive Villarreal, however he died as a result of his injuries.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department assisted in compiling reports to assist in the investigation.

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