Investigation underway after man was shot dead by Adams County deputy


By Shereen Siewert

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating after a man was fatally shot on Tuesday by an Adams County sheriff’s deputy.

In a news release, officials say the deputy was dispatched around 6:51 p.m. on September 6 to a report of a man walking on a roadway on Cumberland Avenue in the town of Strongs Prairie. No further details have been released on the initial report, but state officials say the man was armed when approached by the deputy.

“The Sheriff’s Deputy discharged his firearm, striking the subject, who died at the scene,” read a DOJ press release.

A firearm was recovered from the scene and the deputy was fitted with a body camera. The deputy was not injured.

Police did not say if the gun was loaded and did not say if he pointed his gun at the deputy, who is on administrative duty, per department policy.

DCI is leading this investigation and is being assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, DCI Crime Response, and the Adams County Medical Examiner’s Office. All law enforcement agencies involved are cooperating fully with DCI during this investigation.

DCI continues to review the evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will provide investigation reports to the Adams County District Attorney when the investigation is complete.

No name has been released.

Shereen Siewert is editor and publisher of Wausau Pilot & Review. Contact her at [email protected] Follow on Twitter at


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