The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation has released the findings of their investigation into an officer involved shooting in Ashland, WI in October.
The report says, on October 23rd, just after 7:30 p.m., Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of West Main Street for a male allegedly walking with a gun in his waistband and authorities say he was possibly suicidal.
The 28 year old white male is from the Ashland area, and upon locating him, officers say they observed an alleged handgun in his waistband.
The investigation states that officers ordered the subject “Don’t go for the gun, raise your hands, show me your hands”. It was shortly after the subject allegedly reached for the gun and began pulling it from his waistband. Both officers then fired their weapons, striking the subject two times causing him to drop to the ground. Officers secured the male and EMS was called to render aid.
The subject was taken to the hospital and is recovering from his injuries.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation was called to investigate the incident. They recovered a semi-automatic replica handgun at the scene.
The Division of Criminal Investigation has completed their investigation of the incident and has provided a report to the District Attorney to review for a determination regarding the legality of the officers’ actions. Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King is acting as a special prosecutor for the purpose of conducting the review of the officers’ actions. The suspects name is being withheld while this report is under review.
The Ashland Police Department will not be commenting or releasing any further information regarding this incident until the review to determine whether the officers’ actions were legal has been completed.
The two officers involved are Steven Goodlet, 31 years old and a 1 year veteran of the Ashland Police Department The other is Ty Juoni, 49 years old and a 16 year veteran of the Ashland Police Department.