Fmr. Marinette Man Killed by County Police
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Fmr. Marinette Man Killed by County Police

June 27, 2016
Sheriff's Depities from Marinette County shot to death a Fitchburg, Wis. man in Pembine, (Photo by Various Media Outlets)
Sheriff's Depities from Marinette County shot to death a Fitchburg, Wis. man in Pembine, (Photo by Various Media Outlets)
Reported by the Peshtigo Times Online

The Madison Police Department had issued a statewide bulletin earlier in the day that the man, identified as Michael D. Rasmussen of Fitchburg, was known to be armed and believed to be traveling to northern Wisconsin.

"Rasmussen had made threats of harm and was believed to be traveling to northern Wisconsin and possibly Marinette County, where he was believed to have family," Marinette County Sheriff Chief Deputy James Hansen said at a news conference last Thursday, June 16.

According to Marinette County Sheriff's Office press release, deputies observed a vehicle matching the description of Rasmussen's vehicle in the Village of Coleman. Deputies then followed the vehicle along U.S. Highway 141 for several miles while trying to negotiate with Rasmussen via cell phone.

"Rasmussen informed law enforcement he has a fully loaded shotgun with eight rounds and would shoot law enforcement if they did not back down," Hansen said. "Based on conversations law enforcement had with Rasmussen during negotiations, he was believed to be a potential danger to himself, law enforcement and the community."

Rasmussen abruptly stopped his vehicle on Holmes Junction Road off Highway 141 in Pembine and approached the deputies' vehicles with his shotgun.

"Rasmussen presented a deadly threat by continuing to advance toward the deputies and did not respond to repeated commands to drop the firearm," Hansen said. "Three Marinette County deputies responded to this threat with deadly force, as they have been trained to do."

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