By Leader-Telegram staff
The state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting death between Augusta and Fairchild late Saturday morning.
An Augusta police officer and Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputy have been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy, according to DCI.
According to the DCI, an Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a report of a suspicious person just before noon on Kempten Road in the town of Fairchild. The Augusta Police Department responded to assist the deputy.
Upon arrival, the deputy and officer were confronted by an agitated man. While officers attempted to gain control of the man, the man began fighting with law enforcement officers and a struggle ensued.
During the struggle, less than lethal means were deployed by the officers but were unsuccessful. The subject was subsequently shot by law enforcement officers.
Officers immediately began life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene. DOJ Crime Victim Services are providing support to the man’s family.
The investigation is a collaboration between DCI and the Wisconsin State Patrol, with assistance from the Eau Claire Police Department. The Augusta Police Department and the Eau Claire County sheriff’s office are cooperating with DCI.
DCI is continuing to collect evidence and to determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Eau Claire County district attorney’s office when the investigation concludes.
Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said Monday he wouldn’t comment on the incident because DCI is the lead investigative agency and will release all details of the investigation, including the names of the decedent and the involved law enforcement officers.
“There was a death,” Cramer said. “We’re just trying to let (DCI) complete their report and forward it to me to let me know what happened.”