Man shoots, kills himself during Bayfield County traffic stopA driver wanted by law enforcement fatally shot himself Monday after a Bayfield County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped him for a traffic violation.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
A driver wanted by law enforcement fatally shot himself Monday after a Bayfield County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped him for a traffic violation.
The deputy stopped the man’s car at U.S. Highway 2 and Wisconsin Highway 137 approximately three miles west of Ashland shortly after noon. The deputy had a brief conversation with the driver, who was alone, about the reason for the stop. The driver gave the deputy his driver’s license, and the deputy returned to his squad car to check the driver’s license status.
The check revealed that the man was wanted on a warrant out of Ashland County. The deputy returned to the car and told the man he under arrest. The driver would not comply with the deputy’s orders to leave his car and reached for what the deputy believed was a handgun hidden near the driver’s seat. The deputy moved quickly to a defensive position as the driver fired the weapon once into his own head.
The man was transported to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Officials are withholding the names of the man and deputy until an investigation is completed by the Ashland Police Department and the man’s family is notified, Bayfield Count Chief Deputy Dan Clark said. The police department may complete the investigation Wednesday or Thursday.
Clark declined to say what the man was wanted for or why the deputy had stopped him. The deputy has more than 10 years of law enforcement experience – more than six of them with Bayfield County – Clark said.
The last time a person Bayfield County sheriff’s county deputies were trying to arrest committed suicide was three years ago.