Update: Ashland County Officer Involved Death Investigation
Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), at the request of the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, has been investigating an officer involved death (OID) that took place on November 8, 2017 after an Ashland County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a 911 call reporting a male subject walking around Maple Street carrying a knife. A knife was recovered at the scene of the incident.
Family of the juvenile-decedent and victim witnesses have been provided victim witness services by the DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services and are in communication with DOJ.
DOJ is also in communication with the Bad River Tribe to keep community members informed as the investigation progresses.
DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Ashland County District Attorney’s Office when the investigation concludes. DCI aims to turn over all OID investigative reports to a prosecutor within 30 days of the incident.
The Wisconsin DOJ-led investigation of this incident has been a collaboration between DCI, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office has been fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.
Information about the juvenile-decedent’s identity will not be released by DOJ, due to the decedent’s age. No additional details are available at this time.