Coroner IDs man killed by Appleton police officer

Man shot and killed over confrontation about illegal fireworks

Authorities have released the name of a 61-year-old man shot and killed in a confrontation with Appleton police.

The Outagamie County coroner’s office identifies the man killed as Keith Gabriel. An autopsy was done Saturday, but coroner’s officials are not releasing details.

Appleton Police Chief Peter Helein (HEE’-lin) says officers were called around 9:15 p.m. Friday on a report of illegal fireworks. When police arrived, Helein says they found Gabriel holding a gun.

Helein says Sgt. Greg Pieper (PEE’-pur) radioed for help and told Gabriel to drop the gun. Helein says Pieper then shot Gabriel, who died at the scene.

WLUK-TV reports Appleton police have turned the investigation over to Green Bay police because an officer was involved in the shooting.