Person shot in apparent road rage incident, lieutenant and sergeant struck by car while investigating
SPRINGFIELD CORNERS, Wis. — One person was injured in a shooting in northwestern Dane County Friday night, according to the county’s sheriff’s office.
A deputy at the scene told News 3 Now the person was taken to a hospital for medical treatment; she said she believes the victim will survive.
In a press release Saturday, Dane County Sheriff’s officials said that the person was shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The shooting is believed to be related to road rage, and a suspect has been identified as a 20-year-old Sauk City man. Officials also said that the weapon allegedly used in the shooting was recovered and there is no danger to the public.
Eastbound State Highway 19 was closed at U.S. Highway 12 near Springfield Corners for nearly three hours while deputies responded to the scene.
Video from a News 3 Now crew at the scene showed a black pickup truck surrounded by crime scene tape and numerous police vehicles at the intersection of Highways 19 and 12 near the park and ride lot.
Shortly after the shooting was reported, residents in a neighborhood in Sauk City were briefly asked to shelter in place while police searched for the suspect. Sauk Prairie police officials said officers had pursued him to the 1600 block of Washington Avenue after he refused to stop. He ran into an apartment, which triggered the shelter-in-place request.
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The shelter in place was lifted at around 10:15 p.m. Friday after Sauk Prairie police determined that the suspect was not in their jurisdiction. He was eventually arrested and reportedly told officers that he had thrown evidence out of his vehicle during the pursuit.
News 3 Now is not naming the suspect at this time as part of a policy not to name people accused of crimes until they have been formally charged in court. Click here to learn more about the policy. He is currently being held in the Sauk County Jail on a charge of fleeing/eluding an officer.
While deputies were investigating the shooting, officials said a vehicle struck a lieutenant and a sergeant who were standing outside of their squad cars. Both were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The vehicles were also struck.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested for operating while intoxicated causing injury. The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the incident.
This story is developing; stay with News 3 Now and Channel 3000 for updates.
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