Authorities close traffic to subdivision where retired judge was killed

NEW LISBON, Wis. — At the request of the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, authorities in Juneau County are limiting traffic through the subdivision where a retired judge was murdered to only residents until the investigation is complete.

In an update posted to Facebook on Saturday night, the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office says a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper will be stationed on Highway 58 near the entrance to the subdivision and at the residence until the DOJ finishes its investigation.

Authorities hope to be able to reopen the area to full traffic sometime Monday afternoon.

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DOJ officials confirmed Saturday that former Juneau County judge John Roemer was shot and killed inside his home in the Woodland Hills subdivision in the Township of New Lisbon on Friday morning. They say the suspect, identified Saturday as 56-year-old Douglas K. Uhde, was found in the home’s basement with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Uhde is currently in critical condition at a nearby medical facility.

Roemer was reportedly found zip-tied to a chair and was dead when a tactical team entered the home Friday morning.

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Officials are still investigating what led up to the shooting, but multiple reports indicate Uhde had a long list of criminal justice officials and high-ranking politicians he planned to target that included Roemer, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, among others.

Court records show Uhde has had multiple run-ins with the law in the last 20 years, including a charge of armed burglary in which Roemer was the judge who sentenced Uhde to prison.