(Watertown) The state Justice Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Watertown. It happened Sunday night when Watertown Police initiated a traffic stop for a burnt-out taillight. Officers had been looking for the subject to question him about his involvement in a domestic incident. Non-lethal means were deployed prior to an officer discharging his firearm and striking the white, male. A firearm was found on-scene.
Officers began life-saving measures and paramedics later transported him to a nearby hospital. No law enforcement or other individuals were injured during the incident. The officer involved is being placed on administrative leave, per department policy.
The Justice Department is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Jefferson County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation and is assisted by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, Wisconsin State Patrol, and DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services. All involved law enforcement are said to be fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.