Loading
Search
TOP STORY

Update: Eagle River man killed after high-speed chase, standoff near Merrill Submitted: 07/27/2016
LINCOLN COUNTY - Police identify an Eagle River man as the person shot and killed by officers outside of Merrill Tuesday morning.

Dead is 50 year old Scot Minard.

It all started when a man now identified as Minard was pulled over in Antigo just after 6:00am Tuesday.

That man then shot at an officer and took off.



Police chased the Minard through Lincoln County down Highway 64 and eventually stopped him.But he got out and started an hour long stand-off with police.

Investigators say Minard eventually shot toward police, and four officers fired back.

Two were from Lincoln County, one was a Langlade County Deputy and one was from the Antigo Police Department.
For Pine River resident Daniel Lemke, Tuesday morning started with more frightening action than he's ever seen.

"I heard the cops go east first, then come back, then the guy came down the road," said Lemke.
He saw police lights from his house and heard shouting from the driveway right next door.

"The cops were yelling at him to show them his hands, then he took off again on them," said Lemke. "After that I didn't see him no more. The cops came and there was gunfire."

Just after 6:00 a.m., an Antigo police officer pulled a driver over in town. Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller said the driver was pulled over because the plates on the car he was driving didn't come back to the right car. When pulled over, Roller said the driver shot at the officer twice. The driver then raced away on Highway 64 into Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office stopped the car with stop sticks just east of Merrill, but the man then got out with a gun and started an hour-long standoff.

"We had some dialogue with him to try to surrender," said Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger. "Ultimately that failed, and unfortunately the individual was fatally injured by officers."

Jaeger says that while the officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the incident, he thinks they made the right call to keep people safe.

"I'm certainly concerned with the traumatic effect it has on them," said Jaeger. "I think that's something that the public isn't always cognizant of, but it's a life-changing event for them."

Neighbors in the area say it was a scary sight for their tight-knit community to hear gunshots and see police lights, but they're happy police could keep them safe.

"They did the job, I thought, very well," said Lemke. "They made sure my kids were in the house and called my neighbors and tried to secure everybody first. And they did their job."

The Department of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting. 


Story By: Mary O'Connell

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
 Print Story Print Story | Email Story Email Story



 LOCAL NEWS

RHINELANDER - This year seems to be off to a good start for the housing market here in Wisconsin.

A new report shows the first half of 2016 was the strongest since before the Great Recession of 2008.

+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - Over the last few years, Lac du Flambeau's Frank Schuman, a mixed martial arts athlete, rose to become one of the top King of the Cage fighters in the nation.

Nicknamed "Nightmare," he drew large crowds to see him fight in Lac du Flambeau. Newswatch 12 even did a pair of feature stories on him in 2015 and 2016.

But on Tuesday, Schuman went before a judge in Vilas County Court, charged with 11 counts related to battery and domestic abuse.

+ Read More

Play Video

IRON COUNTY - Mud, debris, and damaged property still cover parts of northern Iron County after a storm ripped through there more than two weeks ago.

The lack of money for repairs is keeping the rebuilding effort from getting started in certain areas.

That's why the Federal Emergency Management Agency came to Iron County Tuesday.

The agency intervened due to the severity of the damage  and the expected high cost of fixing it.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Building a robot may seem like a pretty lofty summer camp goal, but teens in the Northwoods love the technological challenge.

It's all part of a summer camp that's heavy on science and social interaction.

Thirteen-year-old Sean Timm says the eight-day robotics camp at Nicolet College mixed the best of both worlds.

"I like technology a lot more than I do outside stuff," Timm said. "It's kind of nice to have technology, like drones, to bring me outside. It's really fun."

+ Read More
+ More Local News







 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - Two girls accused of trying to kill a classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man will remain in adult court for now.

TAKE VO

Slender Man Case / Still in adult court

The 2nd District Appeals court today went along with a lower court's decision that it was reasonable to try both girls as adults.

The girls could appeal the rulings to the state Supreme Court.

The girls were 12 years old in 2014 when the stabbing happened.

Authorities say, they lured their classmate into woods in Waukesha after a birthday sleepover and repeatedly stabbed her.

The victim, who was also 12, was found along a road, bleeding from wounds that nearly killed her.

+ Read More

FLORENCE COUNTY - A UTV crash killed a man in Florence County.

The sheriff's department tells us 68 year old James Marquardt of Long Lake died in the crash over the weekend.

Marquardt had been riding west on Grandma Lake Road in Long Lake Township.

The UTV went out of control after Marquardt hit the brakes.

It skidded sideways, left the road and hit a tree.

Deputies think Marquardt may have been going too fast.

+ Read More

MILWAUKEE - A judge upholds the firing of the Milwaukee police officer who killed Dontre Hamilton.

Former officer Christopher Manney was fired for his actions leading up to Hamilton's 2014 shooting, but not for the shooting itself.

Manney appealed his firing in court after losing his first appeal before the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.

A judge found Manney was fired for violating department rules...and that his decision to frisk Hamilton escalated a routine police encounter into a catastrophe.

Hamilton was shot 14 times after Manney responded to a complaint of a man sleeping in a park.

Manney said he was attacked and he opened fire in self-defense.

The former officer was never charged in the shooting.

+ Read More

PHILADELPHIA - Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination after rival Bernie Sanders asked delegates at the party's national convention to nominate her by acclamation.

It was a dramatic end to the roll call of states.

+ Read More
+ More Regional News
Search: 









Click Here