Man dead, suspect in critical condition in ‘targeted’ Juneau County shooting

MAUSTON, Wis. — State and local law enforcement officials say one person was shot and killed Friday in a targeted shooting at a home in the Township of New Lisbon.

During an afternoon press conference, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation will lead the investigation.

The Juneau County Sheriff’s Office was first called to the scene around 6:30 a.m. after someone reported hearing two gunshots fired from an area home. The caller was outside the home at the time and called authorities from a nearby home.

Shortly after 10:15 a.m., a Juneau County SWAT team entered the home and found the homeowner, a 68-year-old male, dead. Law enforcement then found a 56-year-old man in the basement with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police attempted lifesaving measures and ultimately transported him to a medical facility. Kaul said the 56-year-old man is in critical condition.

Authorities said they recovered a gun at the scene.

Kaul described the shooting as targeted and said law enforcement officials have not found any evidence that the general public is in any danger. He did, however, say that the suspect in the shooting may have been targeting other people with ties to the judicial system.

“The individual who is the suspect appears to have had other targets as well that appear to be related to the judicial system,” Kaul said. “At this point, we are not aware of any evidence indicating that there is any active danger to other individuals. Those who may have been other targets have been notified of that.”

While Kaul declined to identify the homeowner who was killed, an online search of Juneau County land records indicates that a man with the same name as a former Juneau County judge owned a home in the neighborhood where the shooting happened.

The names of the deceased won’t be formally released until their families have been notified.

The attorney general later added that those individuals who may have been targets “are safe at this point.”

In total, roughly 30 officers from various law enforcement agencies — including local police, state patrol and the sheriff’s office — responded to the incident.

Kaul said DCI is leading the investigation in part because of the complex nature of the incident. DCI will continue investigating and turn over its investigative reports to the Juneau County District Attorney when the investigation is done.