Officer shoots driver during police pursuit that hit speeds more than 100 mph, sheriff says
Drivers suffers non-life threatening gunshot wound
JOHNSON CREEK, Wis. — A police pursuit that hit speeds of more than 100 mph continued even after the driver was shot by an officer.
The pursuit started in Delafield when police responded to a retail theft at the Kohl’s on Golf Road just before 2 p.m. Thursday.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an officer (not specified from which department in Jefferson County) discharged their weapon in the pursuit with a van earlier this afternoon. @WISCTV_News3
— Madalyn O’Neill (@news3madalyn) June 29, 2018
Three people fled officers at the scene. One of them, a woman, ran on foot and has not yet been located. Two men drove away in a stolen rental van onto Golf Road and toward Highway 83, according to police.
Delafield police pursued the car, but had to end their efforts because of traffic conditions and the driver’s behavior. The last Delafield officers saw of the van, it was merging into traffic on I-94 westbound from Highway 83, according to the release from police.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was alerted that the van by a caller who had been listening to the police scanner. Shortly after, officers with Jefferson County and the Village of Johnson Creek located the vehicle, according to officials with the sheriff’s office.
Both squad cars initiated lights and sirens and pursued the vehicle westbound on I-94 as it traveled at speeds of more than 100 mph. Officials said the driver of the van used the median to turn around near County Trunk Highway A.
#DEVELOPING We’re here outside Johnson Creek, near where a police chase with a van that began outside a Kohl’s in Delafield about 20 miles away has ended. We’re planning to hear from officials soon for more details. pic.twitter.com/BNAPcLYPfF
— Madalyn O’Neill (@news3madalyn) June 28, 2018
Officers deployed stop sticks on I-94 eastbound at Highway Y. Officers had to use evasive maneuvers to avoid being struck by the van, and while this happened, one of the officers discharged their weapon, officials with the sheriff’s office said
After the shots were fired, the pursuit continued and the van left the interstate at State Highway 26. The van intentionally struck a Johnson Creek squad car during this part of the chase, according to the release.
The van then drove onto private land owned by the Deer Track landfill off of Waldmann Lane. The pursuit ended when the van left the roadway.
The driver, a 46-year-old man, is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The passenger, a 40-year-old man, is in custody. Both men have active felony warrants out for their arrest, according to the release.
The investigation has been handed over to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office and is being investigated. One deputy has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said.
No officers were injured during the pursuit.
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