AMBERG — For the second time in a little more than month, a man has died as the result of a gunshot by a Marinette County Sheriff’s deputy.
On Friday, a deputy shot and killed an armed man who left the scene of a domestic incident in the Town of Amberg, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
It was about five weeks ago, on Oct. 23, when a 62-year-old Milwaukee man died when he was shot by deputies after he pointed a gun at them following a brief vehicle pursuit in the Town of Goodman. That man, John Lipski, had shot and killed another Milwaukee man, Richard Gibbs, also 62. The men were staying at a residence in Goodman.
Friday’s incident was similar to last month’s shooting in that deputies briefly pursued the suspect before he exited his vehicle and pointed a gun at deputies. The victim, age 74, is from Amberg, but his name has not been released, according to Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve.
The sheriff said it’s highly unusual to have two similar officer-involved shootings in about a five-week span.
“I just think it’s a cruel twist of fate for our agency, but we’re going to get through this,” Sauve said. “When all the facts come out, I think we’re going to be OK.”
Two deputies were at the scene and they have been placed on administrative leave as is protocol in such matters. Sauve said the officers will be interviewed today by the DOJ.
While he could not release the names of the officers, Sauve said neither of the two were involved in the Goodman incident. Those officers were Lt. Barry Degnitz and deputies Patrick Callahan, David Oginski and Steve Schmidt. All were cleared of any wrongdoing by Marinette County District Attorney DeShea Morrow.
According to the DOJ, the sheriff’s office received a call of a domestic incident at about 11 a.m. Friday. Law enforcement responded and attempted to make contact with the man, who was sitting in a vehicle.
The man left the scene in his vehicle with deputies in pursuit.
Sauve said the man went to Smiley Road, to Rock Road, back to Smiley Road and then back to the residence.
The man then exited the vehicle, according to the DOJ, and brandished a firearm. He was then shot by a sheriff’s deputy.
No law enforcement or other individuals were injured. Officers attempted life-saving measures on the suspect. He was transported to a hospital where he died because of the gunshot.
The DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation and is assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Pembine Rescue, Athelstane Fire Department, Marinette County Medical Examiner, Marinette County Dispatch and the DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services.