Green Lake County deputy killed in standoff
Officer Down: Deputy Bruce "Goose" Williams - [Green Lake, Wisconsin]
|Green Lake County deputy killed in standoff|
Alleged assailant found dead hours later in apartment
Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2003
Green Lake - A standoff ended early Monday between officers and a man who shot and killed a Green Lake County sheriff's deputy responding to a report of a domestic incident, authorities said.
Waushara County District Attorney Guy Dutcher said authorities entered the man's apartment around 4 a.m. Monday and found the man dead inside. He declined to say whether the man had shot and killed himself.
Dutcher said officials received a call around 4:15 p.m. Sunday reporting a domestic incident requiring multiple officers to respond.
Dutcher said shots were fired, and the deputy was killed.
"This is a very good man," Dutcher said of the slain deputy. "This is a tremendously sad and catastrophic event."
He said he did not know if authorities shot at the man, and he could provide no details about the alleged assailant, who then holed himself up in the apartment building.
Michelle Foote, who owns the 12-unit building, said a husband and wife in their 20s and their two young children have lived in the unit since moving from Oshkosh in July.
She said a dispute between the couple erupted Sunday afternoon, and the wife left the building with the children to call police.
She said the man had fired multiple shots with a high-powered rifle, causing the building's two main water pipes to burst. Water gushed inside for more than 12 hours, and residents were not allowed back in the building by Monday morning.
She said she never had any problems with the tenants in the unit where the standoff occurred.
"I'm really surprised, it's shocking to me," Foote said. "I haven't had any complaints."
Dutcher said the other people involved in the domestic incident were safe and no longer with the man. He would not confirm reports from Ripon radio station WRPN that, at one time, an infant was being held hostage.
The district attorney said authorities had contacted people in the immediate area and some were evacuated. The area around the apartment building was still blocked off to traffic and residents Monday morning.
David Milovanovich said he was stopped by officers when he tried to return to his apartment in the building after going shopping Sunday afternoon.
Milovanovich, 48, said his apartment was one of about 24 units in two buildings at the complex.
His 52-year-old wife, Irene, said water began dripping through their ceiling after the incident began. Their apartment is on the opposite side of the building and below where the suspect lives, she said.
The Milovanovichs said the man lived with a woman, and the couple had a toddler girl. David Milovanovich said the man was in his early 20s.
"He's not mean. He's just strange," Milovanovich said. "He was a loner."
Residents of Green Lake Manor, an assisted living center for the elderly that's diagonal to the apartment building, were told to remain inside, employee Gertrude Zahnow said.
About six other people who were outside when the incident began were also staying inside the manor, she said.
Authorities from the Wisconsin State Patrol; Ripon, Berlin and Green Lake police departments; and the sheriff's departments from Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Marquette and Columbia counties responded.
Negotiators and an armored vehicle from Winnebago County were also called to the scene.
Green Lake is located about 85 miles northwest of Milwaukee, on the northeast side of the lake after which it gets its name.
Green Lake Magazine 2003 describes the city as "a small quiet community on a big beautiful lake" which has been a resort community since the 1840s.
"I grew up in Milwaukee and see that all the time," David Milovanovich said of violence such as the shooting of the deputy. "You never get used to it."
From the Oct. 20, 2003 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel