- 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.