A shooting incident south of Stangelville on Monday evening involved an area that encompassed at least two homes and the roadway on County Road AB, Sheriff Matt Joski said Tuesday morning.
At about the same time that Joski and Chief Deputy David Cornelius were meeting with reporters, an autopsy was being conducted on the body of the male suspect who died shortly after being shot by a Kewaunee County sheriff’s deputy.
Authorities received what Joski described as a “call to service” at 7:55 p.m. Monday. Within about a half-hour the incident ended with an officer shooting the suspect. Emergency vehicles congregated in an area near the intersection of County Road AB and Old Settlers Road.
Joski spoke with local media for about 10 minutes Tuesday, apologizing for what he admitted was “very limited information” at this early stage of the investigation.
“We met with the family of the deceased this morning, and we respect their privacy, their need for full disclosure, and full awareness prior to anything going public, so I ask that everyone not only in the traditional media but also those on social media, please try to respect the deceased’s family, the officers involved and have sensitivity.”
The investigation is now in the hands of the state Division of Criminal Investigation. A 2014 state law introduced by former state Rep. Garey Bies, a former Door County chief deputy, mandates that outside agencies be called to investigate when officer-involved deaths occur.
“This did unfold involving more than one residential location as well as areas adjacent to public roadways, so it was a very dynamic and large scene,” Joski said. County Road AB was to remain closed and the scene secured until after the autopsy was completed, he said.
It will be up to the DCI to decide what further information will be released, and when, Joski said. The names of the deceased and the officer involved have not been announced.
“Out of respect for the family and out of respect for the process we want this to be very thorough, we want it to be very clinical, and we want to be able to give the answers that everyone deserves and needs, but we have to be patient with that,” he said. “This is bigger than just a news story, this involves lives, this involves community, and so I ask that you be patient with us.”
Joski and Cornelius said this is the first officer-involved shooting that has occurred in their time with the department and may be the first ever.