Appleton police shoot, kill armed male during domestic disturbance response

Appleton police shot and killed an armed male Friday night at a residence in the 1500 block of N. Birchwood Avenue.
Appleton police shot and killed an armed male Friday night at a residence in the 1500 block of N. Birchwood Avenue.

APPLETON - Appleton police shot and killed an armed male while responding to a domestic disturbance call Friday night, the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation said Saturday.

Police responded to the call at a residence on the 1500 block of N. Birchwood Avenue at about 7:22 p.m. Officers confronted a male who had a handgun and attempted negotiations with him.

Officers later shot him, according to a DCI statement, though the statement didn't have any other details about what led to the shooting or what happened during the incident.

The male was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

The DCI statement said a firearm was recovered at the scene and body camera footage captured the incident.

The Appleton police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, the DCI said.

The DCI is leading the investigation, assisted by the Department of Justice's Office of Crime Victim Services, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office. The DCI will give the results of the investigation to the Outagamie County district attorney.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, residents in the area were alerted to stay inside. They got another alert about 20 minutes later, saying the incident had been resolved.

Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas told The Post-Crescent the police department is not able to comment on the investigation.

"We do want to thank the neighbors in the neighborhood last night for their patience while the incident was being investigated," Thomas said. "We ask for patience while the investigation is completed and we'll provide as much information as possible when allowed."

Nate Wolff — the Appleton Common Council member for District 12, which is the district of the shooting — said Saturday that he'll hold a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at St. John United Church of Christ, 1130 W. Marquette St.

Wolff said he hosted a similar meeting last summer after a drive-by shooting on Glendale Avenue, during which residents talked about a neighborhood watch and invited the police department to speak.

"This time, we're going to just kind of see how people are feeling (and) reassure them," Wolff said. "Also, we can talk about mental health problems, how we can build our community together and make it stronger, and some signs of people in distress."

Contact Larry Gallup at (920) 996-7216 or Follow him on Twitter @LarryGallup.

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