Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy on paid administrative leave following Town of Corning shooting

Division of Criminal Investigation leading inquiry into incident


By Jalen Maki

Tomahawk Leader Co-Editor

A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting in the Town of Corning Saturday, Aug. 24.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy was conducting a traffic stop on State Highway 64 west of Mill Road in the Town of Corning with an individual who was wanted following a “domestic related incident.” During the stop, the driver opened the door of the vehicle and displayed a weapon. The deputy fired, striking the victim.

The victim, who at press time was identified as a Merrill man, 46, was flown from the scene with injuries and remains in stable condition.  The deputy involved received no apparent injury.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), at the request of the Sheriff’s Office, is leading the investigation of the incident. The Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s office are collaborating with the DCI in the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office has been fully cooperating with the DCI during the investigation.

Per policy, the deputy involved has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The deputy is being identified as a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy with over 13 years of law enforcement experience.

The DCI is continuing to determine the facts of the incident and will turn over investigative reports and evidence to the District Attorney following the conclusion of the investigation.

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