Officer, 3 Others Killed in Wisconsin Shootings

'Domestic situation' at bank escalated
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2017 2:03 AM CDT
Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond a shooting at an apartment complex in Rothschild, Wis.   (T'xer Zhon Kha /The Post-Crescent via AP)
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(Newser) – A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin, investigators say. A suspect is in custody. The shootings happened Wednesday afternoon at a bank, a law firm, and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours, ending in a volley of gunfire around 5pm, the AP reports. Authorities gave no details on the four victims or suspect in a news conference late Wednesday, but they said there was no remaining threat to the public.

The violence unfolded in a cluster of small towns south of Wausau, about 90 miles west of Green Bay. The officer worked for Everest Metro, a small, 27-officer force that serves Schofield and Weston. The first shooting was reported shortly after midday at Marathon Savings Bank in nearby Rothschild. Officers responding to a reported "domestic situation" at the bank arrived to find two people had been shot. They said the suspect was gone when they arrived. A second call came about 10 minutes later from a law firm in nearby Schofield. The third shooting happened at 1:30pm at the apartment complex. The Wasau Daily Herald reports that the slain officer is the first to die in the line of duty in Wisconsin this year. (Read more Wisconsin stories.)

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