Family identifies victim in Racine County homicide, suspect turns himself in

NOW: Family identifies victim in Racine County homicide, suspect turns himself in

Updated: 5:32 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2019

RACINE COUNTY, Wis (CBS 58) -- The family has identified the man who was shot and killed Thursday night in Racine County.

The victim's family has identified him as Chad Bickler.

Bickler's brother, Clayton Bickler, created a GoFundMe for funeral costs and related expenses. Clayton Bickler wrote that the family dog, Tucker, was also killed in the home invasion.

"Chad was the best brother, son, and friend anyone could ask for and will be missed by everyone who knew him. His laugh lit up the room and Chad loved making people smile," Bickler wrote in the GoFundMe.

The family's neighbor, Duane Sleaper, said the victim was a good man who got along well with Sleaper's grandchildren.

"Let me say I really feel bad for the family. They were a really close family. Good people," Sleaper said. "They're going to be devastated."

The Racine County Sheriff's Office said Troy Hoffmann, the man accused of breaking into Bickler's home and shooting him multiple times, has been taken into custody.

Deputies said Hoffmann turned himself in at the Village of Hustisford Police Department Friday and was taken to the Dodge County Jail.


Posted: 10:31 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2019

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Authorities say a man is dead after being fatally shot in a home invasion in Racine County. 

It happened in the 25700 block of West Loomis Road in the Town of Norway around 6:30 p.m., according to Racine County Christopher Sheriff Schmaling.

The suspect arrived "aggressively" to the residence, smashing into a vehicle parked in the driveway and firing multiple rounds into the home before forcing his way inside.

The suspect continued firing rounds at people inside the home and struck a man inside multiple times.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The sheriff said the other people were able to run and were not injured.

The suspect has been identified as 40-year-old Troy Hoffmann. He drove away from the scene in a 2009 white Toyota Sienna with the Wisconsin registration AFV9734. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities advise the community to call 911 immediately if the suspect or vehicle is seen. 

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