Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Menomonie. According to a press release, officers with the Menomonie Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, responded to a call about a burglary just before nine on Saturday night.
The police chief says a man broke into an apartment around Bongey Drive and Terrill Road. That suspect threatened a person inside and shot a firearm before stealing their vehicle.
The department of justice says officers stopped the suspect in the vehicle on the corner of Bongey Drive and Terrill Road. While the vehicle was stopped, the DOJ says law enforcement officers discharged their weapons hitting the driver. He died at the scene.
Mackenzie Standeart lives in the house that’s just feet away from where the shooting happened. She and her boyfriend Jason Retzloff were wrapping up a card game night with friends.
“All of a sudden I saw maybe two or three cops with the scopes come out and everyone was yelling something. And then I heard gunshots.”
“Mackenzie tells me Jason and his friend were outside loading something into the trunk of his car when the shots rang out. Jason then took cover in the pile of snow behind me, while his friends tried running back inside the house.”
Before he ducked for cover. He was able to get a glimpse of what happened.
“It was pretty gnarly, man. It was not what I was expecting to cap my Saturday night with.”
According to Mackenzie. everyone had to shelter in place until 1 in the morning. The Department of Justice is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
According to a press release, the DOJ says no law enforcement officers were hurt. Per department policy, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Deputy and the Menomonie Police Department officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.