WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - The family of a man killed in a standoff with
police last year is upset that the Waukesha Police Department named the
woman who fired the fatal shot as its officer of the year.
Officer Shelly Bandow received the award Wednesday from the Waukesha
Optimist Club after being nominated by a majority of department
Bandow, an eight-year veteran, was chosen for several reasons, including
her "courage and professionalism" during the investigation and inquest that
followed the June 12 shooting of Timothy Whettam, Police Chief Leslie
"I'm sensitive to the concerns people might have about this choice,"
Sharrock said. "But it no less speaks to the ability of the officers who
to deal with the situation."
The award opened old wounds, said Whettam's father, John Whettam. He
the family was not impressed with Bandow's behavior during the inquest.
"It seemed like she was smiling and smirking on the stand," he said.
Whettam's family has said he was distraught over the threat of prison
because of recent drunken-driving arrests. Armed with a handgun, Whettam,
36, fired shots inside and outside his mother's duplex before a three-hour
During the standoff, dozens of shots were fired by both police and
Whettam. An autopsy later revealed he had a 0.20 blood-alcohol level and
cocaine in his system when he died.
Sharrock said the whole incident was unfortunate and no officer would
want to go through such a tragic event.
Waukesha County Circuit Judge James Kieffer ruled after the inquest that
police acted appropriately and lawfully.
The club also honored Waukesha County Sheriff's Deputy David Wellman
his using a defibrillator to shock a 49-year-old town of Waukesha man who
had a heart attack.