Photos By Deputy Sam Steckbauer testifies during a Lincoln County trial in December 2016.
LINCOLN COUNTY - UPDATE March 3, 2017:
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office released the name of the deputy involved in the officer-involved shooting death Monday night.
Deputy Sam Steckbauer has been with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office since 2010.
Steckbauer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Steckbauer was responding to a report of a car in a ditch on County FF in the Town of Corning Monday night. The Sheriff's Office says shortly after Steckbauer arrived, 40-year-old Shawn Igers shot at the deputy. Steckbauer returned fire, killing Igers.
UPDATE: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect in an officer-involved shooting as Shawn M. Igers, 40, of Wausau.
The sheriff's office says a deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch Monday night on County Highway FF in the town of Corning. The office says soon after a deputy responded, Igers shot at the deputy.
The deputy returned fire, killing the suspect. The sheriff's office will not name the involved deputy, but described them as an officer with more than six years in law enforcement.
Igers' body was taken to Madison for an autopsy.
The Department of Criminal Investigation continues to look into the case, which is standard procedure.
The person killed by a Lincoln County deputy Monday night was a 40-year-old white man.
Merrill fire chief Dave Savone confirmed those details early Tuesday morning, but could offer no further comment. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office released a statement around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday saying it could not provide any additional details at that time.
The incident happened along County Highway FF in southern Lincoln County Monday night. So far, very few details have been made available.A state Department of Justice spokesman confirmed the Department of Criminal Investigations is involved in the case, but could not add any further details.
Original story is below.
A Lincoln County Deputy killed a person during, what the sheriff's office is calling, a "critical incident" Monday night.
It happened along Highway FF near Hilly Road in the Town of Corning. That's southwest of Merrill near the Marathon County line.
Sheriff Jeff Jaeger has asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation to look into the incident, which is standard protocol during an officer-involved death.
Newswatch 12 reached out to the sheriff's office Monday night for more info, but the office could not release any more details at this time.
A press release did not say how the person died, what led to the incident, or if anyone else was involved.
This is the second time in nearly seven months Lincoln County deputies were involved in a deadly incident. July 26, 2016 officers from the LCSO, Antigo Police Department, and Langlade County Sheriff's Office shot and killed Scot Minard east of Merrill. Minard shot at police in Antigo early that morning, then led police on a high-speed chase into Lincoln County. All officers were cleared of any charges following a DCI investigation into that shooting.
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