A man killed by police in Ashland on Wednesday had a federal warrant out for his arrest, authorities said.
Officers from multiple agencies were attempting to apprehend the man at a residence on the 800 block of Fourth Avenue West when the shooting occurred around 6 p.m., Ashland Police Chief Jim Gregoire said.
Shots were fired by two members of the U.S. Marshals Service and one Sheboygan, Wis., police officer who was working with a Marshals-led task force, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
“While attempting to apprehend the subject, the subject entered a vehicle and struck and then pushed a U.S. Marshals vehicle for a distance,” the DOJ reported in a news release. “As the subject was attempting to flee in the vehicle, law enforcement observed the subject handling a firearm. Law enforcement fired on the subject and hit the subject in the car.”
Officers began life-saving measures, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, the news release said. No officers were injured.
Authorities have yet to release the man’s identity or why he was wanted, but Gregoire said he was from somewhere on the West Coast of the U.S. and had been living in Ashland since last year.
The DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation, with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Ashland and Bayfield county sheriff’s offices and the Ashland Police Department.
The DOJ said it is providing services to the family of the deceased, and all officers are “fully cooperating” with the investigation. Once complete, reports will be turned over to the Ashland County District Attorney’s Office for legal review.