Vigil planned Tuesday for woman found dead in Omro apartment

A 20-year-old woman is dead, a 22-year-old man in custody after reports of shots fired in a home
Published: Mar. 11, 2023 at 2:56 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2023 at 6:49 AM CDT
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OMRO, Wis. (WBAY) - A vigil has been scheduled for Johanna Schultz, a 20-year-old woman found dead in an apartment in Omro early Saturday morning. She was from Eldorado in Fond du Lac County.

The vigil starts at 4 p.m. in the Dorcas Chapel at Marian University in Fond du Lac. School leaders tell us she was studying for a bachelors degree. Counselors will be available at the vigil and on campus this week for anyone struggling with news of her death.

Schultz was found after someone reported hearing gunshots in an apartment on Spruce Street. The SWAT team, police and negotiators spent roughly 8 hours at the scene.

“What we’re seeing is that he did discharge that weapon from inside the residence multiple times, which prompted that swift response from our SWAT unit,” Detective Lt. Michael Seawall of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office is not releasing the name of the 22-year-old man who was arrested after the standoff, saying his name will be made public when he makes a court appearance. Right now he is being held on suspicion of Recklessly Endangering Safety. The district attorney’s office will determine the criminal charges.

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office declined to provide other information, saying this is “a very active and ongoing investigation.” The sheriff’s office expressed condolences to Schultz’s family and friends.


OMRO, Wis. (WBAY) - What started as a welfare check has now turned into a death investigation: When officers from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office assisted the City of Omro’s Police Department for a report regarding a disturbance with a weapon, a suspect discharged a firearm multiple times inside the residence.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the SWAT team and a negotiator team were called to the scene. After what law enforcement sources describe as a brief stand-off, a 22-year-old man exited the residence and was taken into custody.

Inside the residence, officers found a 20-year-old woman deceased.

The manner and the circumstances surrounding her death are still being investigated. No further information is currently available.

The exact location was not given by law enforcement officials - however, a statement on the Facebook page of the Omro Police Department from earlier today asked residents to avoid the area around Spruce Street.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office. Please ask for Detective Timm at 920-236-7369.