Officer Involved Critical Incident Investigation in Appleton, Wis.

Jan 23 2024

APPLETON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved critical incident (OICI) in Appleton, Wis. that occurred on the morning of Tuesday, January 23, 2024.


At approximately 1:33 a.m., the Appleton Police Department received a report of shots fired inside the Maritime Bar located at 336 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Appleton, Wis.


When law enforcement arrived at the location, they were confronted by an armed subject who shot at law enforcement. An Appleton police officer discharged their firearm striking the subject. Life saving measures were performed.  The subject was transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced deceased.  A firearm was recovered at the scene.    


No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.


The involved officer from Appleton Police Department who discharged their weapon has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.


Involved officer was wearing a body camera during the incident.


DCI is leading this investigation and is assisted by the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, the Outagamie County Coroner’s Office, DCI Crime Response Specialists, and members of DCI’s Digital Evidence Unit. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation. 


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


Please direct all media inquiries to Wisconsin DOJ.