The state Division of Criminal Investigation on Tuesday released the names of the officers who responded to the Aug. 21 incident that ended with the shooting death of a 22-year-old suspect.
After more than a week of investigation, the DCI’s account of the incident has remained essentially the same: Officers responded to a 911 call along County Road AB south of Stangelville. There they encountered a man threatening a woman and nearby residents with a knife, and during the confrontation one of the officers fired a shot that killed the man, Tyler D. Whitmire of Luxemburg.
Tuesday’s update added the information that the officers were three Kewaunee County sheriff’s deputies and one Kewaunee police officer: Deputy Jamie A. Tlachac, a five-year veteran of the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department, who fired the fatal shot; Sgt. Dustin E. Smidle, who has 22 years of service with the department; Deputy Jordan D. Salentine, who has three years of service; and city of Kewaunee Police Officer Brian D. Gale, with four years of service.
The four law enforcement officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy of Whitmire the morning after the incident. Authorities have released no details of the autopsy or further details about the confrontation, either before or after officers arrived.
DCI, a division of the state Department of Justice, has been working on the investigation with the State Patrol and State Crime Laboratory. Tuesday’s news release said the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Office has been fully cooperating with DCI.
The investigative reports will be submitted to the Kewaunee County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.