- On a seemingly quiet Tuesday morning in southwestern Lincoln County, Arlen Raduechel recalls a very different scene from the night before.
"[The road was] blocked off here, solid police cars all the way down the road and totally blocked off here," Raduechel said of County Highway FF. "The neighbor called and we had no idea what was going on."
Officers put up barricades after an officer-involved shooting. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, a deputy shot 40-year-old Shawn Igers after police claim he fired at the officer first. Igers died at the scene.
The sheriff's office says the deputy was responding to a report of a car in the ditch on County Road FF. Police say shortly after the officer got there, Igers shot at the deputy.
Tuesday afternoon, the sheriff's office said the deputy was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a shooting. The deputy was not named at this time, but has more than six years experience in law enforcement. The deputy was not injured in the shooting.
Online court records show Igers was under a restraining order effective for two years starting in August, 2016. As part of that restraining order, he was not allowed to carry a gun. Igers also faced a felony burglary charge from 2016 and was set to make a plea in Marathon County Court in April.
Newswatch 12 went to Igers last known address in Wausau according to those court records. Neighbors said they were sad to hear of his death.
Court records also detail Igers' history of convictions involving first-degree recklessly endangering safety, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and other burglary and theft charges. Those date back to the mid-1990s.
Back in Lincoln County, neighbors at the scene sit yearning for more information
"That's as far as I know," Raduechel said. "The neighborhood isn't rattled. The neighborhood is surprised. You know, [this happened] over here?"
The state Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigations will take over the investigation.
This marks the second time in about seven months deputies in Lincoln County shot and killed an armed suspect.
July 26, 2016 officers from Lincoln County, Langlade County, and Antigo shot and killed 50-year-old Scot Minard outside of Merrill. Minard shot at police during a traffic stop, then raced into Lincoln County. He shot at police after an hour-long standoff.
The state DCI found all four officers justified in that shooting.
|Story By: Stephanie Haines