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UPDATE - Sheriff's Department releases name of shooting victim



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July 14, 2010 | 02:38 PM
On Wednesday, the Walworth County Sheriff's Department released the name of the man who died in an officer-involved shooting earlier Tuesday morning in Lake Como.

Roman O. Petriw, 47, had been living at the residence for the past several weeks. Originally from Chicago, Petriw was a childhood friend of the owner of the home, who lives in Dundee, Ill. According to the release, Petriw had been unemployed for the last several months and was depressed over personal issues.

On Tuesday, between 6:15 and 6:20 a.m., 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 at N3095 Dandelion Road. Petriw died at the scene. 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. Upon arrival, law enforcement officers encountered Petriw armed with a handgun. Petriw 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 him 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 Petriw, "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.

An autopsy will be conducted today at the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office and results will be available at a later date, according to the Sheriff's Department.

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