On Monday, a procession was held in Barron County to honor the two officers who were killed when a routine traffic stop turned into a shootout in the village of Cameron on Saturday. The procession was made up of people who were sad about what happened.
Officers from the Chetek and Cameron police departments were there when the bodies of the officers were taken from Barron to Minnesota. There, autopsies will be done, and then the bodies will be brought back to Wisconsin.
Family and friends have confirmed that the officers are Chetek Police Department’s Emily Breidenbach and Cameron Police Department’s Hunter Scheel. The suspect, who also died in the attack, has not been identified yet.
A Normal Traffic Stop in Cameron, Wisconsin, Ends Up Killing Someone
A news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice says that the shooting happened around 3:38 p.m. when a Chetek officer pulled over a car.
At some point, the officers and the driver fired their guns at each other. At the scene, both the Chetek officer and the Cameron officer were said to be dead. The driver was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Names of the 2 Wisconsin police officers killed in traffic stop released; Cameron, Chetek communities mourn https://t.co/JhQFkMg0Xg
— Oshkosh Northwestern (@onwnews) April 10, 2023
The shootings are being looked into by the Division of Criminal Investigation, which will give a report to the district attorney of Barron County when the investigation is done, according to the release.
So far, the DOJ hasn’t answered any requests for information.
Leaders From Communities All Over Wisconsin Answer
Since the event, Facebook has been full of messages from friends and family of the officers who died. They shared their sadness and told stories about the officers they loved. People have put flowers in front of both police stations.
In a tweet sent out early Sunday morning, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said, “Our hearts are heavy for the Chetek and Cameron police officers who lost their lives yesterday while doing their jobs.” Kathy and I are praying for the families of the officers, their coworkers, and the people of Barron County who are saddened by this terrible loss.
On Twitter, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said, “I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of two officers today. I’m thinking about their families and the Chetek and Cameron police departments during this terrible time.”
The Barron County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cameron and Chetek Police Departments.”
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This Year, Three Officers Have Already Died on the Job
The Officer Down Memorial Page, a website that keeps track of deaths in the line of duty across the country, says that this would be the second and third death of a police officer in Wisconsin this year. In 2022, no Wisconsin police officer died while on the job.
The other police officer who died in Wisconsin this year was shot and killed just two months ago. Milwaukee Police Officer Peter Jerving was trying to arrest a suspect when he was shot and killed.
In that case, Jerving and the fleeing suspect, Terrell Thompson, both died after shooting at each other with their guns.
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