June 5, 2019 – Waukesha Co., WI – Some neighbors in Washington County were affected by the road closure on I94 and STH 67 in neighboring Waukesha County. Many were also notified with an emergency alert on their cell phones on Tuesday, June 4. Below is a press release update from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.
On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 4:21 pm, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was requested by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to assist a warden who was actively pursuing a stolen vehicle in the Town of Eagle. The vehicle pursuit continued northbound on STH 67 where assisting agencies deployed tire deflation devices. As the vehicle approached I94, a Waukesha Sheriff deputy observed a suspect within the vehicle point a firearm out the window of the vehicle and the deputy fired at the suspect. The vehicle stopped on northbound STH 67 on the I94 overpass.
The suspects in the vehicle refused to comply with orders from officers to surrender. A male from within the vehicle called Waukesha County Communications Center and demanded a negotiator. The male barricaded himself in the vehicle and alleged that he was holding a female hostage. The Waukesha County Sheriff Tactical Enforcement Unit responded and engaged in lengthy negotiations with the male.
The male refused to surrender to law enforcement after over 5 hours of negotiations. Tactical gas was deployed into the vehicle and the male fled with the female at gun point. As the male fled the vehicle with the gun pointed at the female, two tactical officers fired at the male, striking him multiple times. The female continued to run down onto I94 and would not comply with orders to surrender. The female resisted tactical officers and was taken into custody with a struggle. During the struggle, it is believed that the female stabbed Waukesha County Sheriff K9 Justice. K9 Justice was transported to an emergency veterinary clinic, treated for injuries and released this morning.
Tactical officers immediately rendered lifesaving first aid and transported the male to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries and remains in critical condition. The female was also treated at a local hospital and remains in stable condition. At this time, both the male and female remain in the custody of the Waukesha County Sheriff.
The Waukesha County Sheriff was assisted by the following agencies; City of Oconomowoc Police, City of Waukesha Police, City of New Berlin Police, City of Delafield Police, City of Brookfield Police, Village of Summit Police, Village of Mukwonago Police, Village of Menomonee Falls Police, Village of Chenequa Police, Village of Oconomowoc Lake Police, Village of Butler Police, Town of Oconomowoc Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Western Lakes Fire District, Hartland Fire Department, Waukesha County Highway, Waukesha County Communications, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Aurora Summit Hospital.
The incident remains under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation and the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office. The names of all individuals are being withheld due to the ongoing investigation. If anyone has information in regards to this investigation, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation at (414) 227-2100.
Captain Marc R. Moonen