ANTIGO - On the night of April 23, 2016, an Antigo High School graduate shot and injured two people leaving prom. Jakob Wagner may have done much more had a fast-acting Antigo police officer not been nearby to stop him.
Within 24 hours we learned 18-year-old Jakob Wagner was dead, his two victims would live, and eventually officer Andy Hopfensperger would be honored as a hero.
The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday night, April 23rd, 2016. Wagner rode his bike to the school. He then shot 18-year-old Collin Cooper in his leg and grazed his date with a rifle as the pair was leaving the dance.
Two officers had just gotten to the school a few minutes earlier to help with prom security. Hopfensperger heard the shots, ran to where Wagner was and shot him several times.
About three months later, the state Department of Justice ruled Hopfensperger's actions were justified. Hopefensperger received the Medal of Valor last July for his bravery.
Cooper and his date both recovered from their injuries.
The state DOJ's report showed just days before the shooting Wagner went through a breakup and threatened to kill himself. He then tried to commit suicide by drinking a mixture of vinegar and bleach. Wagner also posted photos of firearm magazines to social media days before the shooting.
Antigo will host its first prom since the shooting this upcoming Saturday.In a press release, the school said its goal is to allow students to enjoy the event while at the same time providing a secure and safe environment.
|Story By: Newswatch 12 Team