(Slinger) An officer-involved shooting in Slinger is under investigation. Two Wisconsin State Patrol troopers conducted a traffic stop on Industrial Drive just south of State Highway 60 in the village around 7am this Friday morning. The 41-year-old Slinger man was apparently believed to be connected to a child sexual assault investigation in Cudahy.
The suspect in that case is a 41-year-old male, according to Cudahy Police Chief Thomas Poellot who says he was working with the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force (CEHTTF), the FBI Milwaukee Safe Streets Task Force (MASSTF), Wisconsin DCI, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Slinger Police Department.
Cudahy Police detectives obtained a search warrant based on probable cause for the suspect’s residence, which is located in Slinger. Investigators from multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies were preparing to serve the search warrant this Friday morning. State troopers conducted a traffic stop on the suspect after he left his residence as part of the operation.
The suspect drove down a dead-end road and stopped his car. Troopers approached the vehicle, and the suspect reportedly pulled a handgun from his waistband while he remained in the car. One trooper fired their handgun at the suspect, striking his car. It is believed that the trooper’s round did not strike the suspect. Preliminary evidence suggests that the suspect then shot himself with his weapon. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into the shooting. The Cudahy Police Department, and the FBI (CEHTTF) are leading the criminal investigation into the events that led up to the incident.
Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis says “although this case is tragic, [he is] appreciative of the effective collaboration between public safety agencies and thankful that those two troopers were not physically harmed.” An autopsy will be conducted by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office. Once the evidence and facts are determined in this case, it will be turned over to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office.
While the incident was captured on squad camera as well as nearby business surveillance, the troopers do not have body cameras. Both Wisconsin State Patrol Troopers have been placed on administrative leave per standard protocol pending the outcome of the investigation.
One trooper has twenty-two years of service while the other has seven years of service.