Subject of federal warrant killed in Ashland officer involved shooting

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ASHLAND, WI — Ashland Police say the person killed in an officer-involved shooting in Ashland Wednesday afternoon was wanted for a federal warrant.

Officers were called to the 800 block of 4th Avenue West Wednesday afternoon as U.S. Marshal officers, as well as local law enforcement, were attempting to arrest the subject.

During the attempted arrest, police say there was an officer-involved shooting, which resulted in the subject’s death.

At this time, the agency the officer who fired their weapon works for is unknown, however Ashland Police Chief  Jim Gregoire confirmed it was not an Ashland Police Officer.

Gregoire says it was a shocking event for him, as well as the community.

“So, a community like Ashland feels, has a lot of emotion, and a lot of feelings from when things like this happen but I know this community is very strong, and we’re going to get through this,” said Gregoire.

At this time, neither the victim’s name, nor the reason for the warrant, has been released.

Officials say no officers were injured during the incident, and no community members are in danger.

The State of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations is investigating the incident.

Gregoire says other agencies are also investigating, including the Wisconsin State Patrol, which is building 3D imagery of the scene.

Gregoire says since he started working in Ashland in 1997, there have been two other officer involved shootings, one in 2014 and the other in 2016, but neither were deadly.

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