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Appleton Police identify five officers involved in deadly shooting

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Published: May. 7, 2018 at 7:36 PM CDT
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Appleton Police are identifying officers involved in a deadly shooting, and the man who was killed.

Police say David J. Robinson, 50, died at the scene. Robinson's autopsy was completed Tuesday in Milwaukee. Results are pending.

On May 7, at about 6:05 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance involving a weapon at a home in the 100 block of S. Matthias St.

Police say Robinson, armed with a shotgun, confronted officers outside of the home.

Five Appleton Police officers fired at least one round each. The total number of rounds fired remains under investigation.

The officers who opened fire have been identified as:

Officer Nathan Hoffman (Hire date 11/14/11)

Officer Brandon Schnese (Hire date 05/27/15)

Sergeant Ryan Schroeder (Hire date 10/07/08)

Officer Frank Wychgram (Hire date 04/04/16)

Officer Tom Zieman (Hire date 05/13/13)

No officers were injured.

All five officers are on administrative assignment. That's protocol in officer-involved shooting investigations.

Action 2 News spoke with neighbors who heard the shooting, and compared it to the sound of firecrackers.

"I went outside and I saw a policeman running down the street and I heard him hollering, 'get down, get down," said Margaret Gossens.

Neighbor Chris Seefeld says the shooting comes as a shock. He says it is a nice area to live.

"It's very sad, but I don't feel frightened living here. It's a very safe neighborhood," Seefeld says.

The Green Bay Police Department was called in to investigate the shooting. The two cities have an agreement tasking the other with the investigation whenever there's an officer-involved death.

"We anticipate the next update on the incident to occur after the investigation is concluded and has been reviewed and decided upon by the Outagamie County District Attorney's Office," reads a statement from Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas.

Action 2 News will continue to update this developing story.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE

Appleton police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Monday evening on the 100-block of S. Matthias Street.

Police responded at 6:05 p.m. to a report of a disturbance involving a weapon on the city's east side.

Police were met outside the home by a man with a shotgun who confronted officers.

Sergeant Dave Lund says multiple officers fired on the man. The officers were not injured. Lund declined to say how many officers were involved.

The officers were immediately taken from the scene to the police department, following the department's protocol.

Police emphasized there's no danger to people in the area.

The street was blocked off by police tape and squad cars at the intersection with E. Peter St. Outagamie County sheriff's deputies were also at the scene.

The Green Bay Police Department was called in to investigate the shooting. The two cities have an agreement tasking the other with the investigation whenever there's an officer-involved death.

Appleton Police say they will issue a statement Tuesday about the ongoing investigation. Action 2 News will update this story as new information is released.

People who have information that could help the investigation are asked to call the Appleton Police Department at (920) 832-5500 or remain anonymous by using the "report" feature on the Appleton Police Department's mobile app.

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