Superior Police Shooting Ruled Justified, Suspect Now Facing Charges

Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander Speaks About Investigation

SUPERIOR, Wis. – After a thorough review, Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright concluded there will be no criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting of Joshua M. Farmer in October.

Farmer was shot six times by three officers after claiming to have a firearm and threatening to shoot the officers, according to court documents. The report states that officer body cam footage shows Farmer stating, “I’m going to shoot at you. You’re going to die or I’m going to die” before aggressively removing a shiny metal object and pointing it at the officers. He also told hospital staff the incident was a planned suicide.

“After consideration of all of the available evidence, I have concluded that there is no basis to believe that any law enforcement officer who shot at Mr. Farmer, whether or not the respective rounds they each fired struck Mr. Farmer, committed any crime,” Wright said.

Superior’s Police Chief Nicholas Alexander said after reviewing the investigative material, including body and dash cameras he is proud of the way his officers treated this situation. He said they had no other option to shoot, but quickly jumped into action to deliver life-saving aid to Farmer after he was shot six times.

Farmer is being charged with three counts of threats to law enforcement officers, one count of obstructing an officer, and one count of retail theft.

All three officers have returned to work.


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