DA Promises "Very Thorough Investigation" into Town of Menasha Shooting
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TOWN OF MENASHA, Wis. (AP) -- The district attorney in Winnebago County is promising a "very thorough" investigation into whether a Town of Menasha police officer was justified when he shot and killed an armed 66-year-old man.
Officers were sent to an apartment complex Friday evening after Wilson A. Lutz threatened to harm himself. Police say he was distraught over a relationship. Police say an officer with 17 years of experience shot Lutz twice when he refused orders to drop his gun and pointed it at the officers.
District Attorney Christian Gossett tells the Appleton Post-Crescent he expects the investigation will be expedited based on the interests of the community and the police department.
The name of the officer hasn't been released. He's on paid leave, which is standard in such cases.
Original News Release Below:
Fox Valley-- A Release from Town of Menasha Police:
On April 19, 2013 at 5:05pm officers were sent to an apartment in the 200 #blk of W. Calumet St. after the Winnebago County 911 center received a call from a man who stated that he “wanted to end my life” and told the call taker that he was armed with a loaded gun.
Three Town of Menasha officers responded to the scene. Two officers made entry to
the apartment complex while the other officer maintained a perimeter outside of the
apartment complex. The officers entering the apartment building had their service
weapons drawn and shielded themselves with a ballistic shield. As they made their way into the building the officers encountered a person at the end of the hallway. This person was observed holding a long barreled weapon and the officers gave commands to drop the weapon. The person refused the commands and pointed the weapon at the officers.
One officer, a 17 year decorated veteran, responded by firing two shots at the person.Gold Cross Ambulance was standing by on scene as they had been contacted at the initial 911 call and responded inside but the man was pronounced deceased on scene.
At this time, the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard in any case involving the use of deadly force. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and is investigating this incident. A representative of the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office was also on scene.
The City of Menasha Police Department also assisted with maintaining outside security of the scene.