Update: Crandon, Wis. Officer Involved Death Investigation

Oct 24 2017

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), at the request of the Crandon Police Department, has been investigating an officer involved death (OID) that took place on the evening of October 22, 2017 in Crandon, Wisconsin.


A traffic stop conducted by a Crandon police officer led to a physical altercation between the officer and the passenger of the vehicle, which resulted in the officer firing his duty weapon. The officer on the scene rendered first-aid to the suspect until EMS arrived, but the suspect, 30-year-old Dexter David Anthony Baxter, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead before arriving at a local hospital.


An autopsy was conducted at the University of Wisconsin on Monday, October 23, 2017.


The involved officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the altercation and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of this investigation.


The Wisconsin DOJ-led investigation of this incident has been a collaboration between DCI, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Forest County Coroner, and the Forest County Sheriff’s Office. The Crandon Police Department 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.