A domestic dispute in a bank Wednesday reportedly led to a series of shootings in Wisconsin that left a police officer and three others dead.
The officer was a member of the police chief’s department, but Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks did not release the names of the victims, according to a report by Fox News.
Police said in a short news conference that a suspect is currently in custody and there is longer any threat to the republic. Sparks asked the public to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts during this distressing time.
“I would like to send all my thoughts and ask everybody listening, Thoughts and prayers to all the victims and their families. Please keep them in your prayers and be with our officers.”
More than 100 officers are currently investigating the shootings, according to Jason Smith, a deputy administrator for the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation. More information will be released on Thursday.
We're at a standoff in Marathon County where more law enforcement just arrived for ongoing situation. Police not providing many details. pic.twitter.com/Z3i3lwOamW
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The first shooting took place at around 12:30 p.m. at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild. Two people were shot during this incident. Ten minutes later, police received a call about another shooting which took place at the Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks law firm in nearby Schofield.
The report read that the next shooting took place at about 1:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in Weston. Kelly Hanson, 21, reportedly said she heard a gunshot and looked out of her window to see an officer fall.
“I thought, what is going on? I know what a gun sounds like, and thought ‘This isn’t good.’”
A SWAT team was able to enter the apartment building an hour later at around 2:30 p.m. while schools and hospitals in the surrounding area went on lockdown. Hanson said that at 4:45 p.m. she began to “freak out” after hearing a series of around 10 shots.
A man from Gambia, Omar Sey, 31, who had just moved into the apartment told Fox News that he didn’t get wind of the shooting until he arrived home to find police vehicles surrounding his apartment complex. Sey said that he couldn’t comprehend why something like this could happen in the U.S.
“This is crazy. You have everything at your disposal. Why don’t you make your life better instead of engaging in this.”