High Speed Chase Ends With Suspect Ending His Own Life
On Sunday, May 27, at 11:34 pm, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of property damage in Marion Township. The reporting party advised that a family member was upset and had driven his vehicle into other vehicles on the property and left. The calling party gave a description of the vehicle and advised the subject stated he was going to kill himself prior to leaving. The offending vehicle was located in the City of Mauston. When a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle the driver attempted to elude officers. The chase ensued on Hwy 58 through Necedah. During the chase dispatch was advised that the subject had a rifle. North of Necedah the vehicle went into the Necedah Refuge. The operator of the vehicle did a loop in the refuge and eventually stopped. Due to the fact the subject was armed he was ordered out of the vehicle by officers who were positioned a safe distance behind the vehicle. Shortly thereafter officers heard a gunshot come from the vehicle. Officers approached the vehicle several minutes later and discovered the subject deceased from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound. The subject, a 27 year old man from Mauston, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Juneau County Coroner’s Office.
Mauston, Necedah, and New Lisbon Police Departments and the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office. The incident remains under investigation with the assistance of the State of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.
Brent H. Oleson, Sheriff
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