NEW INFORMATION: Victims in Rice Lake shooting identified; handgun among evidence found at scene

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RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Friday morning, there was activity in Rice Lake, as Heather Haller was serving up coffee at the Badger Brew Coffee Loft, which she owns. However, she was stunned by what she when she arrived at work.

"I was surprised that the police officers were still here and that everything was taped off," she said to WEAU 13 News on Friday.

The officers were on the scene of an apparent shooting late Thursday night in downtown Rice Lake, where two people were found dead.

Officers arrived at 5-1/2 W. Eau Claire St. for a report of gunshots. When officers arrived, they found 37-year-old Cheri Fullarton dead in one of the apartments. Then, during their investigation, officers discovered 32-year-old Justin Lowrie also dead in the building.

Authorities were at the scene for most of the night, but rice lake police say this shooting was an isolated incident. The cause of deaths for Fullarton and Lowrie has not officially been determined and the investigation is on-going. Autopsies on both victims are set for tomorrow.

Captain Tracy Hom with the Rice Lake Police Department told WEAU 13 News a crime scene of this nature is a rarity in town, as the last time there was a murder within this community was roughly a decade ago.

"A lot of our staff has changed over since then. They all handled it very well and appropriately. I spoke with the district attorney's office and they were very happy with the way that things were handled."

Hom said this particular incident was taken care of quickly and that residents of Rice Lake are safe at this time.

"Unless another arises real soon, hopefully it's another 10 years before we have something of this nature happens again," Hom said.

That timeframe is not a concern for Haller, as she'll continue to dispense warmth – one order at a time.

"I can still walk to work and go about business,” she said. “It's still just quiet, little Rice Lake."


RICE LAKE, Wis. (RICE LAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- Early this AM, the Rice Lake Police Department, along with members of Division of Criminal Investigations, the Barron County Sheriff's Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol executed a search warrant at 5 % W Eau Claire St. Numerous items of evidence, including a handgun, were collected.

The deceased persons found inside the apartment building have been identified as Cheri Fullarton, 37, and Justin Lowrie, 32. Their bodies were transported from the scene and are awaiting a forensic autopsy. The investigation continues and more information will be released when possible.


RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Rice Lake Police Department says two people have been found dead inside an apartment complex.

Crews were called to the building at 5 1/2 W Eau Claire Street around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, after Barron County dispatch got a call from a woman reporting she heard a gunshot and screaming coming from that location. Rice Lake Police searched the apartment and found one woman dead.

It was then reported that additional gunshots were heard before police arrived at the scene. Police quickly evacuated the building, and the Barron County Sheriff's Department Emergency Response Team joined the search of the building, where they found a man shot dead.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.
Police say there is no threat to the public at this time.

We will continue to monitor this story, and bring you the latest on-air and online as soon as it becomes available.


RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Rice Lake Police Department says a "situation" has been resolved in the downtown area.


RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Crews in Rice Lake responded to an incident in the downtown area late Thursday night.

The Rice Lake Police Department posted the following message on its Facebook page:

"Rice Lake Police Department along with Barron County ERT and Rice Lake Fire Department are currently on scene in the downtown area. The incident is still active, the public is asked to avoid the downtown area until further notice. A press release with additional information will be released at a later time."

We will continue to monitor this situation, and bring you the latest updates on weau.com as they become available.




 
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