Sexual assault investigation leads to officer-involved shooting in Slinger, suspect dead

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SLINGER, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A man has died from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound following a traffic stop and officer-involved shooting that occurred during a sexual assault investigation Friday morning, Sept. 16.

Cudahy police officers investigating the reported sexual assault of a child identified the suspect as a 41-year-old man from Slinger. 

State Patrol troopers attempted to stop the suspect just south of State Highway 60 around 7 a.m. Friday morning as investigators from multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies prepared to serve a search warrant. The suspect reportedly drove down the dead-end road and stopped his car.

Authorities say as troopers approached the vehicle, the man pulled a handgun from his waistband. One trooper fired their handgun, striking the vehicle. It is believed that the round did not strike the suspect. 

Police say evidence suggests the suspect then shot himself with his weapon. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is leading an investigation into the shooting. 

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