Officials to talk about drive-by, officer involved shooting on interstate

PHOTOS: All lanes of Interstate 39/90 closed after shots fired incident

Video: Man witnesses shooting on interstate

Numerous law enforcement agencies are expected to speak at a news conference at 2 p.m. about a series of events Sunday that led to an officer-involved shooting on Interstate 90/94 near DeForest.

The news conference will be streamed live on Channel3000.com and the Channel 3000 app.

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Officials said the shooting on the interstate is connected to drive-by shooting in Sauk County and a homicide in West Allis that both happened on Sunday.

The woman who was shot in the Sauk County shooting was initially taken by EMS to St. Clare Hospital, and then sent to UW Hospital via Med Flight.

St. Clare Hospital officials told News 3 the hospital was locked down for 30 minutes. Services were no interrupted.

The DOJ said West Allis police were called early Sunday morning for a report of a man forcibly entering two apartments. Police said they found a man with a gunshot wound who later died. 

Police determined that a person of interest in the shooting was at Epikos Church on West Greenfield Avenue and that the person had made threatening statements regarding a member of the church.  Police responded to the church and no one was injured.

Numerous law enforcement agencies were later involved in a vehicle pursuit on eastbound I-94 in Columbia and Dane counties. At approximately 3:20 p.m., as the vehicle entered Dane County, road spikes were deployed and the vehicle was disabled.

In a report, police identified the suspect as a 20-year-old male from West Allis. Police said the suspect eventually exited the vehicle and began to move towards law enforcement with a hand gun. Two Columbia County Deputies shot the male suspect after he continued to advance toward officers, despite verbal commands to stop, according to the report. The suspect was transported to UW-Hospital via Med Flight, where his condition has not been updated.

Two male passengers were also inside the suspect vehicle, ages 30 and 34, according to police. They were not injured in the incident, but one passenger was transported to Meriter Hospital as a precaution. He was treated and released. Both passengers are now in custody of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. 

Investigators said the suspect involved in the Sauk County drive-by shooting is the person responsible for the homicide that occurred Sunday morning in West Allis.

All lanes of the interstate near DeForest were closed because of the incident, according to a Department of Transportation release.

Investigators with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation are assisting the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and the West Allis Police Department.