UPDATE: Community seeking answers after officer-involved shooting in Jackson County

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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- After a 27-year-old man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Jackson County Saturday morning, friends, family and members of the community gathered outside of the courthouse looking for answers.

“The family had a million questions, no one was communicating with us,” says Curtis Redbird of the Ho-Chunk Nation. “We did it in a way that was very genuine to our people, and that's peaceful, we shared songs with them to encourage them to come out and talk with us and we shared songs with the community in hope that they would come and support us.”

Jackson County Sheriff Duane Waldera spoke with Redbird at the assembly. Waldera says the family has been notified and so far, no one has reached out with questions.

But Redbird says at the point of the assembly they were "kind of past that."

“Where were you the first day that this happened to address us? Where were you the second day this happened where we could have a discussion and give my family peace of mind as to what transpired here?” says Redbird.

While friends and family continue to look for answers, Sheriff Waldera says it's important to allow time with cases like this.

“For the pure fact that you want to make sure it's done well, you don't want to have any undue release of information that's going to harm the family or others,” says Waldera. “We will be transparent, we always are on these issues and the information will be provided, probably not as quickly as people want, but it will be provided and the answers to their questions will be answered.”

Monday, family and friends gathered around a fire on Ho-Chunk land.

“This is his fire, this was started for him,” says Redbird.

The fire honored the 27-year-old, who Redbird says has a connection with the Ho-Chunk people.


BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said a 27-year-old man was killed during an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was responding to a disorderly conduct and possible restraining order injunction violation.

At this time, the sheriff’s office has requested the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation to investigate.

The involved deputy has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the case.


BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A Jackson County deputy shot and killed a man after responding to a rural area near Black River Falls early Saturday morning.

Sheriff Duane Waldera tells WEAU 13 News that the man was shot following a car chase. Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, the deputy responded to what the sheriff described as "a reported disorderly conduct matter that involved a restraining order injunction between two people." It happened in the Jackson County Town of Komensky, which is east of Black River Falls. The deputy tried to find the person involved when he arrived at the scene and ended up seeing their vehicle, which was in motion. Then, the deputy tried to pull it over.

"The vehicle did not stop, and then continued to the area of the residence where the complainant lives, at the residence area, and then everything unfolded from there," said Sheriff Waldera.

"It appeared that the person was attempting to go back to the other person's residence, but the deputy intervened."

There's no word on how many times the deputy fired or how many times the man was hit. Waldera said the man's last known address was in the area of the scene in Jackson County. The names of the people involved were not immediately released. The deputy who shot the man is on administrative leave, which is the department's protocol. Waldera said that the state Division of Criminal Investigation is the lead agency on the case.



 
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