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WATCH AT 4:30: Press conference on Wausau officer-involved shooting

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UPDATE (1/17/20): Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m. Click HERE to watch.

Officials continue to investigate a Thursday officer-involved death in Wausau, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

In a press release issued Friday, officials say Wausau police and Marathon County sheriffs responded to the area of Artic Lane and North 12th Avenue after a report of a person attempting to steal vehicles.

Officials confronted the armed suspect, who "fired at law enforcement and a citizen's vehicle," the release said. Officials returned fire, striking the suspect, who "fell to the ground and remained armed," it adds.

The release then says the suspect "did not comply with continued orders" and aimed at officials before police shot the suspect again. Per the release, the suspect died at the scene.

No officials were harmed during the incident, per the release; however, it adds that the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

The incident is still under investigation, the release said, adding that anyone with recordings of the incident call the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation at 608-266-1671 so investigators can review the footage.


UPDATE: A suspect is dead in an officer involved shooting in Wausau Thursday night.

The Marathon Co. Sheriff's Dept. and the Wausau Police Department were involved in the shooting, according to a release.

Police say the scene is now secure and no officers were hurt.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation.

Police plan to release more details on the shooting Friday.

Police are asking people to avoid the area for the evening.


Wausau (WAOW) -- A safety alert out of Wausau, the police department is advising people to stay away from N. 12 Ave. at Arctic Ln.

They say officers are on scene an active situation.

No other details were released.

Courtney Terlecki

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