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POSTED: 10:25 p.m. EDT October 19, 2003 UPDATED: 6:32 p.m. EDT October 20, 2003
GREEN LAKE, Wis. -- Law enforcement personnel are mourning the death of Green Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Williams, 38, of Berlin.
Williams was fatally shot Sunday after responding to a domestic disturbance complaint at a Green Lake apartment building. The 21-year-old gunman, Arik Tonn, was found dead Monday morning in the apartment building following a 12-hour standoff.
Williams had a wife and three children ages 2, 5 and 7. Co-workers described him as "a great guy to work with."
"He was truly a great fellow. This is a terrible day for us. The law enforcement family in Green Lake County has lost a dear family member," said Green Lake County District Attorney James Camp said Monday.
Officials received a call about 4:15 p.m. Sunday reporting a domestic incident that required multiple officers to respond.
Law enforcement personnel from Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Marquette and Columbia counties responded to the scene, as well as the State Patrol.
The district attorney said authorities had contacted people in the immediate area and some were evacuated. The area was blocked off to traffic and residents.
Camp said investigators believe the man used an assault rifle to shoot Williams from his second-floor apartment.
The owner of the apartment building, Michelle Foote, said Tonn lived with his wife and two young children in the unit since moving from Oshkosh in July. Foote said the woman left the apartment with the children after arguing with Tonn Sunday afternoon.
Tonn's stepmother, Linda Tonn, said the family was still trying to make sense of what had happened.
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