A man suspected of committing “multiple gun violations” in recent days was shot and killed by a Dane County Sheriff’s deputy Sunday afternoon in rural Oregon, authorities said.
Around 11 a.m., the Dane County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a weapons violation on Jefferson Street in Oregon, and deputies and assisting agencies began “actively” searching for a suspect in the area, Sheriff Kalvin Barrett said.
The suspect, who is alleged to have committed “multiple weapons violations” in recent days, is believed to be in the 5200 block of Highway CC, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which released more details about the incident late Sunday.
Officials set up a perimeter in the area and the suspect fled on foot, the DOJ said. A deputy made contact with the suspect around 3:15 p.m. and shot the person, who died at the scene.
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Authorities had not released the name of the person killed or the deputy, who has been placed on leave while the DOJ investigates the shooting.
A firearm was found at the scene, according to the DOJ.
Barrett took no questions at a briefing outside a nearby church just after 1 p.m.
The name of the person killed will be released by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office after the family is notified, Barrett said.
Police were still at the scene late Sunday.
Just after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, police squad cars and squad cars were seen blocking off the Oregon neighborhood.
The incident appeared to have occurred near a cul-de-sac just off the 200 block of Bergamont Boulevard. Police tape and squad cars were seen through the area, and police had blocked off the entrance to the neighborhood at Eagle Drive and also had officers stationed along Jefferson Street on the other side of the property.
A white tent could be seen in the backyard of the homes.
Several residents stood outside their homes on Eagle Drive as police worked to contain the scene. One family was still playing the Packers game on a TV in their garage as they observed the scene. Other neighbors in the blocks after the incident had come out of their homes to see what was happening.
Several neighbors reported seeing a medical helicopter land in the area and leave the area around the incident. The area is mostly residential.
Roberta Rusch, who lives a block away from the crash site, called the incident “disturbing.”
She had been shopping with her daughter in Fitchburg during the day and returned home about 16.15. It wasn’t until she saw the emergency lights – which could be seen from almost every side of the property – that she learned something had happened.
“It’s such a small town, and two events in one weekend,” Rusch said as she walked her dog, Cooper, close to the stage.
This incident comes two days after an explosion at a nearby duplex and after an armed robbery in the area, although it was unclear if either incident was connected. On Sunday, Barrett declined to answer a question about whether the armed robbery was connected to Sunday’s shooting.
It is also the second time this month that a county sheriff in Denmark has shot and killed someone. On Oct. 13, Deputy Cody Woods fatally shot 46-year-old Quantaze D. Campbell during an investigation of a stolen vehicle outside a Super 8 hotel in Windsor. Woods has been placed on paid leave pending a DOJ investigation.
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