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DCI: Man Killed in Ashland Tried to Flee Marshals with Warrant

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation says a man who was killed Wednesday in Ashland was attempting to flee during a search warrant execution. Authorities say they¬†observed the man handling a firearm.¬† The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation says a man who was killed Wednesday in Ashland was attempting to flee during a search warrant execution. Authorities say they¬†observed the man handling a firearm.¬† | 

Updated: May 23, 2019 05:47 PM

Investigators say the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Ashland on Wednesday had tried to flee from federal authorities who were trying to arrest him on a warrant.

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The shooting happened in the 800 block of 4th Avenue West.  The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation says a U.S. Marshals-led task force, with help from local law enforcement agencies, was attempting to arrest the man when he entered his vehicle.

The man allegedly "struck and then pushed a U.S. Marshal’s vehicle for a distance," a news release said.

The DCI says as the man was attempting to flee in the vehicle, law enforcement observed the subject handling a firearm.  They then "fired on the subject and hit the subject in the car."

Authorities say law enforcement immediately began life-saving measures on the man, however he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DCI said two Deputy U.S. Marshals and one Sheboygan police officer, who was working with the task force, were involved in this incident.  Ashland Police Chief Jim Gregoire told WDIO that his department assisted the Marshals in the attempted arrest, but the fatal shot was not fired by a member of the Ashland Police Department.

No officers were injured.

It has not been said yet if any firearm was recovered at the scene.

Authorities have not released the name or age of the man who was shot, or said why he was the subject of a federal warrant.  Chief Gregoire said the subject was believed to be from the west coast and had been in Ashland since last fall.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services is providing services to the family of the deceased.

DCI is leading this investigation with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Ashland Police Department, Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, and Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.  DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Ashland County District Attorney’s Office when the investigation concludes.
 

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