4 Killed, Including Officer is Rothschild, Schofield, Weston shooting
ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) – Authorities have now confirmed an Everest Metro Police Officer was one of four killed following three shooting incidents Wednesday.
Everest Metro Police Chief confirmed the fatalities during an evening press conference. He said a single suspect has been arrested and the public is not in danger. Names of the people involved have not been released.
The incident was first reported around 1 p.m. Wednesday and involved three locations – Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild, Tlusty, Kennedy, and Dirks law firm in Schofield and the Aspen Street apartments in Weston. It’s unclear which locations resulted in fatalities.
The suspect was taken in custody after 5 p.m. following a stand off at an apartment building on the corner of Aspen Street and Ross Avenue.
Residents of the Aspen Street Apartments are considering displaced. According to dispatch reports, eight families will receive assistance from the Red Cross.
The Rothschild Police Chief confirmed in a news release an incident at Marathon Savings Bank, began as a domestic incident. Two people suffered gunshot wounds.
Baeten asked people to avoid the areas of Aspen, Ross, Bernard, Crestwood streets just after 3 p.m.
“One of the main reasons that we want to keep everybody away from those streets we’ve listed is because I can confirm that a local law enforcement officer was shot. I can not comment on the extent of the injuries at this point, or the extent of anybody’s injuries. Officers are in contact right now with the suspect at the Aspen Street Apartments site, and are working to engage in communication with him,” Baeten explained.
On a day where so much of the community has experienced tragedy, Mount Olive Lutheran Church opened its doors to anyone of any faith to have a place to sit, process, and pray.
“People are obviously processing this in a number of different ways. It’s just so important to offer them a place to process and to heal and to speak with a pastor if they need to because people need that spiritual healing and that guidance in tough times like this,” explained Jordan Balk, associate pastor.
The church didn’t know how many people would attend, but pastors were on hand to speak with people one on one and a small service was held.
The D.C. Everest School District went into lock down mode, however their lockdown was lifted around 4 p.m. for all schools, except IDEA Charter School and Weston Elementary.
This email was sent to parents:
The Everest Metro Police Department removed the lockdown from all schools except IDEA and Weston Elementary at 3:40 p.m. This means all bus routes are running approximately one hour and fifteen minutes behind. Students who ride secondary buses 30, 31, 26, and 28 will be taken to Greenheck Fieldhouse where they may be picked up by a parent or we will provide transportation when the area is safe. Our current plan is to move all Idea and Weston Elementary School at approximately 5:00 p.m. to Greenheck Fieldhouse under police security. Parents are welcome to pick up students there.
Captain Baeten said officers then responded to a second scene near the law firm, and then a third scene on Aspen Street in Weston. He called it a “complex investigation.”
Crime scene tape is around Marathon Savings Bank and Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks law firm.
The Rothschild, Everest Metro, Wausau, and Mosinee Police Department have responded. Along with State Patrol, the Department of Justice, Department of Criminal Investigation, and Marathon, Oneida, Langlade, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Departments.