- A Wausau police officer shot and killed a man armed with a knife Saturday night.
The shooting happened at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Gilbert Street around 10:20 p.m. Officers were first called to a domestic disturbance about an hour before the shooting. According to a Wausau PD press release, officers found probable cause to arrest an adult male for his role in that disturbance.
Police tracked the suspect to the apartments on Gilbert Street. Officers found the man outside, but the suspect went inside the building. When police tried to arrest him the man armed himself with a knife. A Wausau police officer shot the man. Police tried to keep him alive, but the man died at the scene.
During a press conference Sunday morning, Wausau Police Captain Matt Barnes said the officer fired multiple shots. Police would not identify the suspect or the officer involved. Barnes called the domestic disturbance "an isolated incident" and added there's no threat to the public.
Based on state law, an outside agency must handle all officer-involved shooting investigations. Wausau police chose the Department of Criminal Investigations to handle the investigation. The officer who shot the suspect was not injured, but has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Related Content: No charges against Wausau officer after August shooting
"It is too early to offer additional comments or information about the investigation at this time," DOJ Public Affairs Director Johnny Koremenos told Newswatch 12 via email Sunday morning. "I will offer additional information if/when it is available," Koremenos added.
When asked the race of the suspect, Barnes said he could not release that info at this time, but added "I don't know that it matters. He's a person."
Barnes praised the community for supporting Wausau police. He asked for patience as the state investigates.
Neighbors told Newswatch 12's Stephanie Haines they heard several shots. Their reports range between two to four shots. The apartment complex landlord told Newswatch 12 over the phone it's unclear if the suspect actually lived in the apartments or if he was just visiting.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in Wausau in the last nine months. Police shot and injured a burglary suspect at a home on South 1st Avenue August 22nd, 2015. Officer Shawn Fritsch, who shot 34-year-old Adam Radek was placed on leave after that incident. Radek survived the shooting.
DCI investigated that shooting. In November 2015, the Marathon County District Attorney announced there would be no charges filed against Officer Fritsch. Radek faces drug and felon in possession of a firearm felonies following that incident. Radek's case is still pending.
Newswatch 12's Stephanie Haines was at Sunday morning's press conference and will continue to provide updates throughout the day. You can view our full report Sunday at 10 p.m. on WJFW-TV.
|Story By: Newswatch 12 News Team