Update: Man shot by officers in Superior
A 19-year-old man was shot multiple times by Superior police officers in the city’s Central Park neighborhood Friday morning, officials said.
The incident was reported on the 300 block of East Ninth Street shortly after 11 a.m. It was not immediately clear how many times the man was shot, but police said he was conscious when taken from the scene to a Duluth hospital.
The Superior Police Department reported that the incident originated from a theft report at a Belknap Street business. That call came in at 11:06 a.m. The responding officers reportedly encountered the suspect, described as a white male, in the Central Park area, about a half-mile away.
Police did not say whether the suspect was armed or what precipitated the shooting. They also did not identify the number of officers on the scene nor how many shots were fired.
“A confrontation occurred after officers located the suspect,” Assistant Chief Matt Markon said in a statement “The man was shot multiple times by the officers.”
Markon said officers performed lifesaving efforts until paramedics arrived. The man was taken away in a Gold Cross ambulance at about 11:45 a.m. No officers were reported to be injured.
For several hours after the shooting, the entire block remained cordoned off with crime scene tape. The Superior Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation were on scene.
Investigators set up a canopy, first in the street and then in the front yard of a house. Several evidence markers could be seen in the area. A house, 309 E. Ninth St., appeared to have several bullet holes in a front window.
A handful of passersby stopped to inquire about the heavy police presence in the residential neighborhood, but few onlookers were willing to stay for long in the steady rain on a blustery afternoon.
Several neighbors who spoke with the News Tribune said they were alarmed by the incident. Central Park, they said, is typically quiet. The scene of the shooting is about two blocks off Hill Avenue and a block away from the neighborhood’s namesake park.
“I’m stunned,” said Judy Birch, encountering the yellow police tape and a half-dozen squad cars on her way home from work. “This is shocking.”
Birch lives a block away. She said she grew up in the area and has spent much of her life around the neighborhood. Outside of an occasional suspicious vehicle, Birch said she’s never had cause for concern.
“Never, ever have we had anything like that in this neighborhood,” she said. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected this.”
Jake Olson also lives nearby, moving in about 10 months ago and said he has found the area to be a “great place to live” with a a good mix of younger families and retirees.
“It’s been a very good neighborhood,” he said. “It’s right off the park. It’s quiet normally. I’ve hardly ever heard of any crime.”
The Superior Police Department said it would not release any further details on the incident Friday afternoon. The suspect and the officers were not immediately identified.
Wisconsin DCI is investigating the incident, which is standard for officer-involved shootings. The police department said the officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.
It appears to be the first officer-involved shooting for the Superior Police Department since February 2012, when armed carjacking suspect Luke Daniel Anderson, 34, was killed in a shootout with officer Todd Carlson and Sgt. William Lear in a field in the city’s North End neighborhood.