Update: Kewaunee County Officer Involved Death Investigation

Aug 23 2017

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), at the request of the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Office, has been investigating an officer involved death (OID) that took place on the evening of August 21, 2017 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.


Kewaunee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call along County Road AB, south of State Highway 29. The responding deputies encountered a male suspect threatening a woman and nearby residents with a knife. The suspect’s confrontation with the deputies resulted in one of the deputies discharging his firearm, killing the suspect. Deputies on the scene rendered first-aid to the suspect until EMS arrived, but the suspect, 22-year-old Tyler D. Whitmire, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.


An autopsy was conducted by the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.


The involved deputy 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, and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. The Kewaunee 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 Kewaunee County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.