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June 18, 2013 | 02:06 PMELKHORN — An Elkhorn man was shot and killed by Walworth County Sheriff's deputies during the early-morning hours of June 13 after he beat up another man and stole a deputy's squad car.
According to a sheriff's department statement, Jeremiah B. Krubert, 39, crashed the stolen squad car at the T intersection of Millard and Pierce roads in the town of Sugar Creek. He then allegedly got out of the squad and confronted pursuing deputies with a sheriff's department shotgun he took from the squad.
Krubert reportedly ignored deputies' demands that he drop the shotgun as he advanced on them. Three deputies fired their weapons, dropping Krubert.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, the man Krubert beat up, Michael J. Boyd, 54, was first taken to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn.
But his injuries were so severe that he was later transferred to Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa.
According to Walworth County Sheriff David Graves, Boyd is expected to recover.
Boyd is suffering from extensive injuries to his face and skull.
Krubert is believed to have beaten Boyd with a metal object similar to a length of pipe.
Sheriff's deputies were called to N7248 County Road O, town of LaGrange, about 2:45 a.m. June 13 for a report of a home invasion in progress.
At the scene, deputies encountered a male subject, later identified as Krubert, who had made entry into the home owned by Boyd, and his girlfriend, Kathleen M. Krubert, 58. Kathleen Krubert is Jeremiah Krubert's mother.
One of the responding deputies saw Jeremiah Krubert trying to leave the secne in a truck belonging to Boyd.
The deputy tried to stop Krubert, who then reportedly left the truck and confronted the deputy with an edged weapon.
The deputy fired his service weapon several times during the encounter. There is no report whether Krubert was hit.
Krubert managed to steal the deputy's squad car and proceeded south on County O toward Millard. A short pursuit was initiated and Jeremiah crashed the squad car at the "T" intersection of Millard Road and Pierce Road in the town of Sugar Creek.
The state Department of Justice, Office of Criminal Investigation, is investigating this incident, with the assistance of the Walworth County Sheriff's Office.
The four deputies involved have been placed on administrative duties, which is standard practice for these types of incidents.