3 Adams Co. deputies on leave following fatal shooting

Sheriff: Armed man confronted officers outside home
3 Adams Co. deputies on leave following fatal shooting

Three Adams County sheriff’s deputies are on leave following shooting that left a man dead Wednesday.

The shooting happened at a home on South Czech Court in the Town of Preston, just north of Friendship.

Authorities said deputies responded to a report of gunfire in the Town of Preston.

Investigators said the deputies confronted an armed man outside of his home at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“Upon approaching the address, they made contact with the male subject and unfortunately it resulted in deputies firing at the subject and him subsequently dying from his injuries,” said Sheriff Sam Wollin.

Wollin declined to answer why the 41-year-old man was shot.

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating. It’s routine for deputies involved in a shooting incident to be placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.

Adams County Sheriff Sam Wollin said, at first glace, he believes the three deputies acted appropriately in the situation, but the state investigation will make that determination.

The sheriff said he can’t yet release many details, but he said the case isn’t like most other reports of shots fired.

“The area that the deputies located the shots coming from is a more residential area. It isn’t a more country residence. It does, I would say, heighten concern when approaching a situation like that,” Wollin said.

Adams County shooting

Wollin said his deputies hadn’t had any run-ins with the man in the past.

He said it’s the most serious incident in his county since a deputy was killed in the line of fire nine years ago.  

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