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Ashland Residents React to Officer-Involved Shooting Incident

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 23, 2019 07:21 PM

Ashland residents feel uneasy after a man who was the subject of a federal warrant was killed when officers from the U.S. Marshals Service attempted to arrest him in Ashland on Wednesday.

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"In trying to apprehend the individual, there was an officer-involved shooting which resulted in the person's death. We share our condolences with the family. It's always difficult to have a loss of life," Ashland Police Chief Jim Gregoire, said.

The shooting happened in the 800 block of 4th Avenue West.  Before the deadly scene unfolded, police went door to door warning residents to stay in their basement for safety reasons.

"I heard about five shots, it was a quick succession, it sounded like bang, bang, bang, bang, bang!" Curtis West, a longtime Ashland resident and witness of the scene, said.

West said he lives close to where the incident took place. He said he was in his living room when he suddenly heard gun shots. He went out to observe the scene.

"Cops had surrounded a garage. They threw tear gas into it. When that didn't work they tore off the door and shots were fired at police officers and they returned fire, killing somebody in the driveway," West said.

"It's one of those incidents that's very disturbing to the community. There's a somber feeling in the community today," Ashland Mayor Debra Lewis, said.

Lewis said the city of Ashland felt different Thursday, with a sense of sadness and strong emotions of fear. She is asking for residents to be kind with one another and be patient as more information gets released on the incident.

Ashland residents describe the neighborhood where the incident happened as a quiet and safe one. Residents said they were surprised by the deadly scene that unfolded Wednesday.

West said he's grown up his whole life in the neighborhood, saying incidents like this never happened before.

"It's horrible because this neighborhood was way safer before. I can remember being a kid and never hearing gun shots," West said. "I remember when I was a kid that this wouldn't happen, that this wasn't a problem. This kind of thing didn't exist."

Gregoire and Lewis said they want to reassure Ashland residents that there is no danger to the public with regards to the incident.

"This is a good community. There's a lot of good hardworking people here," Lewis said. "We are resilient and we will get through this as a community."

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation 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.

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