LATEST: Everest Metro Police Chief asks for prayers after officer, three civilians killed in shooting spreeSubmitted: 03/22/2017
SCHOFIELD - Shootings Wednesday afternoon at sites in Schofield, Rothschild, and Weston left people in the area stunned.  The news later Wednesday night deepened that feeling.  Four people are dead, including one police officer.

The series of shootings led from a bank, to a law firm, to a standoff at an apartment complex.

"Please keep them in your prayers and be with our officers," Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said during a Wednesday night press conference.

Sparks asked for the community's prayers just minutes after announcing four shooting deaths including one of his own officers.

Starting at around 12:30 p.m., law enforcement swarmed the greater Wausau area after shots rang out at Marathon Savings Bank and sites in Schofield, and Weston.

"He's like, 'The guy's got a gun, get inside.' We're like, 'OK!" a neighbor named Susan told Newswatch 12.

Three civilians are among the four people dead. Others living in the area didn't know what was going on when police came to their doors.

"Got a knock on the door saying get out the house," neighbor Juan Lopez said. "I grabbed my two kids, grabbed two jackets and got out."

Lopez lives at the Aspen Apartments in Weston, the last shooting scene of the day, following the shootings at the bank in Rothschild and a Schofield law firm.

"I just heard people running up and down the stairs," Lopez said. "SWAT team, I don't know what it was. People in panic."

The shootings and deaths left this community shaken. But at least, says Chief Sparks, they're now safe with the suspect in custody.

"I want the community to know there are no threats and there are no dangers out in the community," Sparks said.

Local police departments, the FBI, and the Department of Justice all assisted in the area Wednesday afternoon.

Now, Wisconsin's Division of Criminal Investigation is taking over. Police plan to have another press conference at some point Thursday.

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UPDATE: Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks confirmed one of his officers died and three other people were killed after a shooting with a suspect near Wausau on Wednesday.

Police wouldn't share any of the victims' names or ages, but said the suspect is in custody and no one else is in danger.

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"This is a complex, ongoing investigation involving three crime scenes and multiple victims of shootings at those locations," Wausau Police Captain Todd Baeten said during an afternoon press conference.

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