Officer-involved shooting in Village of Jackson ruled justified

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JACKSON (WITI) — The Washington Co. District Attorney’s Office has determined the shooting of a 24-year-old Waukesha man in the Village of Jackson on October 6th was justified.

Officials say at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday October 6th, an employee of the Culvers restaurant in Jackson called 911 reporting that the manager had been confronted by an armed man at the back door of the  restaurant.

The suspect, armed with a shotgun and knife, engaged in a life-threatening struggle with the manager, according to officials.

A Jackson police officer and two Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and confronted the suspect at gunpoint.

The suspect failed to obey the commands of the officers. When the suspect pointed the shotgun at the officers, they fired their weapons striking the suspect, according to officials.

The suspect survived the shooting and was ultimately transported by Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital where he remains hospitalized. He has provided a statement to investigators.

Upon review of the reports and evidence submitted by the West Bend Police Department, Jackson Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office relating to this incident, the District Attorney has concluded that the actions of the Jackson officer and Sheriff’s deputies were “entirely appropriate and privileged  by self-defense and defense of others” under state law.

The officers have been on paid administrative leave since the incident. As a result of this decision, they will be permitted to return to active duty at this time.

Criminal charges against the suspect remain pending.

The names of the officers involved in this incident and their years of law enforcement experience:

  • Jackson PD Officer Ron Laabs   20 years
  • Deputy Sheriff Scott Nauman      15 years
  • Deputy Sheriff Keith Uhan            12 years
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