Officer cleared in August shooting death of Pardeeville man

Officer cleared in August shooting death of Pardeeville man

The Columbia County district attorney has determined the use of force by a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy that resulted in the death of a Pardeeville man in August was justified, according to a release.

Columbia County sheriff’s deputies responded Aug. 21 to the village of Pardeeville for reports of an active shooter.

Officials said the active shooter situation was contained a couple hours after the incident started around 7:45 p.m.

According to a release, Thomas J. Selje was at 416 Vince St. in Paradeeville when he reportedly pointed a gun at a woman. As deputies responded to the 911 call, they were told Selje stated he would kill any law enforcement officers that arrived at the location.

A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene and after taking cover behind a tree, heard one gunshot whiz by the left side of his head, officials said. As the officer tried to help the woman on scene get to a safe location, a second shot was fired at the deputy.

Investigators said when Selje walked toward the deputy and the woman with a gun and pointed it at them, the deputy shot and killed Selje.