Forest County Officer Involved Death Investigation

Jan 4 2018

MADISON, Wis. – This morning, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) responded to a critical incident in Forest County, Wis. at the request of Forest County Sheriff John Dennee.


A Forest County Sheriff’s deputy ran a record check on a disabled vehicle he encountered while on patrol. The record check revealed the vehicle’s driver was wanted for felony warrants in the State of Texas. The suspect driver pointed a shotgun at the deputy when the deputy attempted to make contact with the driver. The deputy fired his weapon at the driver in response.


Deputies who responded to the scene rendered first-aid to the suspect but the suspect succumbed to injuries.


The involved deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of this investigation, per the sheriff’s department policy.


The Wisconsin DOJ-led investigation of this incident has been a collaboration between DCI, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Forest County Medical Examiner. The Forest County Sheriff’s Office has been fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.


DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Forest County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.


No additional details are available at this time.