UPDATE: Appleton firefighter killed in the line of duty identified

UPDATE: Appleton firefighter killed in the line of duty identified


Updated: 2:08 p.m. May 16, 2019

APPLETON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- An Appleton firefighter shot and killed while responding to a call has been identified as Mitch Lundgaard. 

Firefighter Lundgaard had been with the Appleton Fire Department since 2005 and held the rank of firefighter inspector. He was a husband and father of three young kids. 

Investigators say Appleton police and firefighters responded to a help a 47-year-old man who was arriving on a bus from out of the area. The initial report said the man was having a medical emergency. After first responders provided medical assistance to the man on the bus, the man left the vehicle and started walking towards the library. While attending to the man, believed to be from the Wausau area, the incident escalated into shots being firefighter. 

Firefighter Lundgaard was hit by gunfire along with a female bystander and an Appleton Police Officer. The police officer was released from the hospital and the female is said to be in stable condition. The 47-year-old man was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. 

Green Bay Police are leading the investigation. 

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Updated: 3:23 a.m. May 16, 2019

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Officials say an Appleton firefighter who was shot along with three others at the scene of a medical emergency has died.

One of the others who was shot is an Appleton police officer who is recovering at a local hospital. There's no word on the conditions of those who were injured.

Authorities say the shooting happened after police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency downtown Wednesday about 5:30 p.m. Police say there is no ongoing threat to the community, but didn't say if anyone is in custody.

A procession was held overnight in Milwaukee as the firefighter's body was brought to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. Firefighters lined the street as emergency vehicles escorted the body.


Posted: 8:32 p.m. May 15, 2019

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A police officer and a firefighter have been injured in a shooting in Appleton, Wisconsin, and several others have been taken to a hospital.

Appleton police Officer Megan Cash says first responders went to a downtown location following a call that someone needed medical assistance about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

It is not yet clear what happened after they arrived but Cash says there was a shooting and the firefighter and officer were injured. She did not give their condition.

Cash says she does not know how many other people were injured but several were taken to a local hospital.

Asked if a suspect had been apprehended, Cash did not respond directly, but said: "There is no threat to the community."

Appleton is about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Milwaukee.

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