Update: Forest County Officer Involved Death Investigation
MADISON, Wis. – Since January 4, 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has been leading, at the request of Forest County Sheriff John Dennee, an officer-involved death investigation that took place in Forest County, Wis.
On January 4, 2018, a Forest County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call from a passer-by about a stranded motorist. After assisting the driver of the stranded vehicle, the deputy ran a record check on the driver which revealed the vehicle’s driver, 31-year-old Brandon O. Cude, was wanted for two felony warrants in the State of Texas, both for sexual assault of a child. When Mr. Cude realized the deputy learned about the two outstanding warrants, Mr. Cude pointed a shotgun at the deputy. The deputy fired his weapon at Cude in response.
Deputies who responded to the scene rendered first-aid to Mr. Cude but Mr. Cude succumbed to injuries.
The involved deputy is identified as Craig A. Justice. Deputy Justice has been an employee of the Forest County Sheriff’s Office for 21 years. Prior to joining the Forest County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Justice was employed by the Crandon Police Department for one year. Deputy Justice 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, Crandon Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Oneida-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.