Wausau-area shooting victims identified

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SCHOFIELD, Wis. (WBAY) - The police officer killed during a series of shootings near Wausau on Wednesday is identified as Jason Weiland, Action 2 News and The Associated Press confirmed through sources.

Flowers laid at Everest Metropolitan Police Department
Flowers are placed outside the Everest Metropolitan Police Department.

The Department of Justice confirmed to the Associated Press that 67-year-old Dianne Look and 62-year-old Karen Barclay died after being shot at Marathon Savings Bank.

They also learned 43-year-old Sara Quirt Sann, an attorney, was killed at a nearby law firm.

Weiland was among officers responding after shootings were reported at a bank and a law office earlier in Weston and the nearby town of Rothschild.

A person with knowledge of the investigation told the AP that Weiland was shot as he approached an apartment complex in Weston. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the investigation.

Calls to the Everest department were referred to the state Department of Justice, where a spokesman did not immediately reply to texts or phone messages.

Action 2 News learned an autopsy on the officer is being conducted by the Fond du Lac County medical examiner's office. We saw an Everest Metro Police Department and Marathon County Sheriff's Office squad car there, along with two Fond du Lac Police cars Thursday morning.

Weiland was a 15-year veteran of the Everest Metro Police Department. The Everest police department's website lists him as a field training officer and member of a task force for Internet Crimes Against Children. His LinkedIn page said he had also worked as a narcotics detective for the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, and as a police officer and corrections officer for Marathon City and Marathon County.

Police say they'll hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Thursday to release more information about the investigation into Wednesday's shootings.

WBAY will carry the news conference live in its entirety online at http://www.wbay.com/livestream2

Attorney General Brad Schimel issued a statement Thursday (see sidebar) saying the officer will always be remembered as a hero.

The state Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation.

The apartment building where the suspect in Wednesday's shooting spree was captured is still an active crime scene. Investigators are on-site and police are still blocking the road, 20 hours after the standoff ended.

Authorities tell us they have about 100 officers from 11 different agencies still out in the field, including the FBI and the state Department of Justice.

Everest Police Chief Wally Sparks said one person is responsible for the shootings and is in custody. Police don't believe there's any further threat to the public.

The shootings occurred at three separate scenes, each one about a mile apart, beginning around 1 p.m.

Chief Sparks says it began as a call to a domestic situation at at Marathon Savings Bank on E. Grand Ave. in Rothschild at 12:59 p.m. Officers arrived and found two people with gunshot wounds.

Several minutes later, law enforcement agencies were called about shots fired near the Tlusty, Kennedy & Dirks law office in Schofield, and minutes after that they were called about a shooting at an apartment building near the corner of Ross Ave. and Aspen St. This is less than two-and-a-half miles from the first shooting scene.

Authorities say the suspect was holed up in a second-floor apartment. Officers were seen escorting tenants out of the apartment building. Police urged neighbors to stay indoors.

At about 5 p.m. gunshots were heard at the apartment complex. Our Gray TV sister station WSAW reports an ambulance went by after police said they were trying to engage the suspect.

Details about the arrest have not been made public.

"I would like to send all my thoughts and ask everyone listening, send thoughts and prayers to all the families and keep them in your thoughts and prayers and with our officers," Everest Police Chief Wally Sparks said Wednesday night.

"On behalf of Attorney General Brad Schimel, our thoughts and prayers go out to all families who lost someone today. These events, affect more than people involved, it really affect entire communities," Jason Smith of the DCI said.

Shortly after the first shooting, nearby Aspirus Wausau Hospital and the D.C. Everest School District went into lockdown mode.

Students were eventually released from all but two schools at 3:40 p.m. The school district moved students from those two schools to another location under police security, where parents were able to pick them up.

The American Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at the municipal center to assist tenants and neighbors who can't go home during the investigation.



 
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