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Fatal shooting in Lake Como



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July 14, 2010 | 09:07 AM
Geneva — Between 6:15 and 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, a Lake Como man was out walking his dog in the area of Whittier and Dandelion roads when he said he heard a "pop."

Another woman who lives in that area said she heard "two pops."

"I thought it was someone lighting off firecrackers," she said.

But what they heard may have been the unfortunate end of a fatal, officer-involved shooting. Authorities hadn't released the identity of the man who lived at the scene, N3095 Dandelion Road. The man died at the residence. Three area police officers who reportedly shot him are on administrative duty, which is standard procedure.

Now, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.

A couple hours after the initial call, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves said the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office was called because the incident involved officers from the Walworth Sheriff's Department and the Geneva Town Police Department.

According to a press release from the Walworth County Sheriff's Department, those officers are Ken Mulhollon and Jason Sweeney, both town of Geneva police officers, and Walworth County Deputy Scott Smith.

Both departments responded to a call of an armed and suicidal man at about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday at N3095 Dandelion Road. Upon arrival, law enforcement officers encountered a man armed with a handgun. The man reportedly refused verbal instructions from the officers to drop the gun and shot himself twice in the torso area. Then, he dropped the gun.

However, officers ordered the man to keep his hands up.

"He refused and attempted to re-arm himself," the Sheriff's Department release states.

That's when the officers fired their weapons at the man, "striking him and incapacitating him." Then, they attempted first aid and CPR.

Elkhorn and Delavan rescue paramedics also arrived at the scene. Walworth County Coroner John Griebel pronounced the man dead at 8:23 a.m.

However, the Coroner's Office isn't releasing the man's identity until his family is notified.

Attempts to reach Geneva Town Police Chief Ed Gritzner for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful. See more about the story as it unfolds on the Regional News website, www.lakegenevanews.net.

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