Man who exchanged gunfire with Watertown police shot himself

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 2:05 PM CDT
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WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- Jefferson County’s district attorney says a man who exchanged gunfire with police in Watertown in May took his own life and was not shot by an officer.

District Attorney Monica Hall says police stopped a car for a traffic violation in the parking lot of a gas station May 31 and a rear seat passenger produced a fake ID and refused commands to exit the vehicle. The 32-year-old man, Thomas Sutherlin, refused police commands to exit the vehicle.

She says Sutherlin drew a gun and fired at an officer who returned fire. Police found Sutherlin had a gunshot wound to the head and starting life-saving measures. An autopsy showed the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

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