NEW INFORMATION: Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Neillsville

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NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (WEAU) - A man is dead after an officer shot him on his front porch Friday morning in Neillsville.

Ricky Taylor's mother, Jolynn Ashmore said her family called police to have him removed from the home after he had too much to drink. Now, she's grieving the loss of her son, and wants to know why he had to die.

“This is a 23-year-old kid who had his whole life ahead of him … We called for help, just to diffuse a situation and ended up losing my son.”

“My son did have a knife in his hand when (the officer) came.” “He did not have the knife raised. It was down at his side. He walked towards the officer who was out on the porch. The officer kept telling him to put the knife down,” Ashmore said.

“There was a threat; otherwise, the officer wouldn't use deadly force. And a threat was implied at the officer,” Neillsville Police Chief Brad Lindner said.

“The next thing I know I heard four consecutive shots. There was no stop, just one right after the other, four shots, until my son finally dropped on the porch,” Ashmore said.

“What woke me up is they were bickering among themselves over there and then I heard some pounding it sounded like a hammer. Then I heard ‘bang bang bang.’ Then some awful screaming in pain. Like somebody got shot. Then it quieted down,” Taylor’s neighbor Robert Struensee said.

“A Clark County deputy responded also. They both tried to administer medical attention as best they could and the ambulance was summoned,” Lindner.

“All they kept telling me was go back into the house. Do not come out here. The ambulance was on the way. I kept asking them, 'Is he alive?' ‘Go back in the house,'” Ashmore said.

Taylor was taken to the
Neillsville hospital then flown to another in Marshfield where he was pronounced dead.

“I'm still in shock. I'm somewhat numb. No parent should have to bury their child. They're supposed to bury us. He's my baby, he's the youngest of three.”

“It's a tragic event for everybody. Not only the victims and their families but also the officer. He has to deal with that too now,” Lindner said.

“I'm angry that the police department felt it was necessary to use such excessive force. They are equipped with Tasers, why not utilize them?” Ashmore said.

“Right now, I have no respect for law enforcement. Right now I have I don't trust them.” “They're supposed to be somebody you can call for help. And all it did was turn into a disaster for me and my kids.”

“It's too bad it couldn't have been worked out some other way,” Lindner said.

“He's gonna be missed, he had a lot of friends. A lot of people are going to miss him” Ashmore said.

Agents from the state department of justice are investigating the case.

Lindner said the officer is on administrative leave. He has not yet been identified.


On Friday, December 13, 2013, at about 2:32 am, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a fight in progress at 1009 Grand Avenue in the City of Neillsville. As the Communications Center was on the phone with the caller it was indicated it may be a domestic disturbance and that a knife had been involved.

The Neillsville Officer arrived on scene at about 2:35 am. As he arrived he walked up to the main entrance of the residence located at the west side of the house. During this time a 23 year old Neillsville man began approaching the officer with a knife in his hand. After numerous orders to drop the knife, and as the male subject continued approaching, the officer shot the man.

An ambulance was immediately summoned and first aid efforts were attempted. The Neillsville Ambulance Service transported the subject to Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville. He was then flown by Spirit air medical transport to Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. The man later died from his injuries.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Clark County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation. The Wisconsin State Patrol also assisted at the scene.

Investigation is continuing and more information will be released at a later date.
NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE) --On Fri. Dec. 13th, 2013 at approx. 2:32 AM the Neillsville Police Dept. was dispatched to a call of some type of domestic disturbance at a residence on Grand Avenue in the City of Neillsville. An Officer from the Neillsville Police Dept. arrived and was confronted by a subject with a weapon. During the confrontation, the subject was shot by the Officer. The involved subject was transported to Memorial Medical Center by ambulance, then flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, where the subject later died. The Clark County Sheriff's Office and the WI Dept. of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident.

Further press releases will issued by the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Bradley C. Lindner
Chief of Police