DOJ ID's troopers involved in fatal shooting after pursuit near Fort Atkinson
Around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9, officials say the Wisconsin State Patrol attempted a traffic stop on Highway 26. The driver of the vehicle stopped for a short time and let the sole passenger out of the vehicle. The passenger -- a 22-year-old man -- fled the area and was later apprehended.
The driver sped off and State Patrol pursued. While pursuing, authorities say the driver fired shots at law enforcement. The suspect eventually came to a stop on Highway 26 at Highway 12 after officials deployed road spikes. At that time, officials say the driver got out of the vehicle with a handgun and attempted to carjack another person.
Three Wisconsin State Patrol troopers then discharged their weapons and struck the suspect.
Life-saving measures were initiated, however the driver succumbed to injuries at the scene. The DOJ identified him as 23-year-old Joseph Crawford.
The involved troopers from Wisconsin State Patrol has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.
The troopers are:
- Trooper Keegan Williams, five years of law enforcement experience
- Trooper Alexander Polizzi, three years of law enforcement experience
- Trooper David Heinisch, one year of law enforcement experience
Following the incident, the DOJ says the driver was identified as a suspect involved in a bank robbery that occurred in Monona earlier that day. Officials say the troopers who discharged their weapons at the suspect were not aware of this when they were attempting the traffic stop.
The investigation of the bank robbery is being led by Monona Police Department and the FBI.
DCI is leading this investigation and are assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, and the DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.
DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Jefferson County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.
The investigation is ongoing.