Update: Walworth County DA says officers justified in shooting man in July incident
Updated: 7:23 a.m. on Thursday, August 27
WHITEWATER, WI (CBS 58) – Following an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Walworth County District Attorney has decided officers were justified in shooting a man on July 20.
The letter from the DA can be read below:
Posted: 3:20 p.m. on July 21
WHITEWATER, WI (CBS 58) – A 32-year-old man is expected to be charged after a police shooting in Walworth County.
The shooting happened just a few blocks from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
“I did look down through the crack of my porch and I could see the little trail of blood,” says Liam Tisa, who lives near Fraternity Drive where the incident occurred.
Tisa described what he woke up to on Monday morning, July 20.
“It was very alarming to see that,” says Tisa. “I wasn’t expecting to see something like that at 5:30 in the morning.”
It was around 8:30 Sunday evening, July 19, when the City of Whitewater Police Department put out a call for a 32-year-old male.
He had allegedly made statements to his ex-wife about killing her, and then himself, with a gun. Walworth County deputies along with UW-Whitewater officers assisted in the search.
“I just saw at least 10-15 cop cars and I saw at least five sheriffs,” says Tisa.
Just before 4 a.m. Monday, the ex-wife call 911 to report her apartment, on Fraternity Drive, had been broken into. She hid in a closet as the intruder left.
Thirty minutes later, deputies say they found a man matching the description of the suspect near the apartment.
That’s when police say the suspect began to run away and at one point pointed a gun at them, prompting officers to fire.
A loaded handgun was found in the man’s possession. He was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital.
He is expected to survive.
Police have not released the name of the suspect or the officers involved.
The officers have been placed on administrative duty, per protocol.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has taken over the investigation.