2 officers in Walworth County officer-involved shooting identified
Officials identified the two officers who fired their guns in an incident at a town of Geneva home Friday.
Geneva police said in a news release Tuesday that officers Eric Anderson, 41, and Jason Sweeney, 39, responded to the incident. Both officers were placed on administrative leave after the officer-involved shooting per department procedure, according to the release.
Anderson and Sweeney have 12 years experience each as a Geneva officers.
The Town of Geneva Police Department said officers were called just after 5 p.m. Friday to a home on Lincoln Drive on a complaint about a man breaking a window with an ax.
“I saw him coming through the window swinging an ax over and over again,” said Garry Humphrey, the owner of the home.
Humphrey realized the man with the weapon was 26-year-old neighbor Eric C. Olsen. Humphrey tried to calm Olsen down, but the suspect turned his attention to police arriving on the scene.
“So he disengages from me and puts his focus on them,” Humphrey said. “He then pulls out a knife, and you know, I think he was saying ‘kill me’ or something like that. And they were telling him to put it down.”
“So I ducked and as soon as I ducked ‘bang, bang, bang’ they shot him…I heard the gunshots stop I saw him on the ground sideways and they moved him over, and that was it.”
Humphrey said he thought Olsen was trying to enter the home to reach one of his son’s female friends inside.
No officers were hurt. Both officers from the town of Geneva Police Department were placed on administrative leave, which is department procedure, the news release said.
Despite being attacked, Humphrey said the biggest tragedy is that a man is now dead.
“What I went through is nothing compared to what his family is probably going to go through. They suffered the loss, we didn’t,” Humphrey said.
The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating.