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Police, DOJ won't release information pending investigation

(Jed Carlson/ Superior Poilce Department investigate a crime scene near Central Park in Superior.

No new information is expected to be release in connection with a shooting that involved Superior police officers Friday, Oct. 5, until the investigation is complete.

"We aren't releasing any information while the investigation is being done," Assistant Police Chief Matt Markon said in response to a request for the identity of officers and the individual shot.

Markon said he is deferring all requests for information to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is investigating the incident that took place in the Central Park neighborhood.

A 19-year-old man was shot multiple times by Superior police officers. It was not clear how many times he was shot, but police said he was conscious when taken from the scene to a Duluth hospital.

The Superior Police Department reported 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.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting.

The Division of Criminal Investigation aims to finish these investigations within 30 days of the incident, said Rebecca Ballweg, deputy director of communications and public affairs for the Office of the Attorney General. Sometimes, due to extenuating circumstances or the complexity of the incident, the investigation may take longer, she said.

She said once DCI finishes the investigation, the file is provided to the prosecutor to review the findings and make a decision.

"If the prosecutor determines there is no basis for prosecution of the law enforcement officer(s), then DOJ will be provide the investigative file and records to the public," Ballweg said. "If the prosecutor determines there is a basis for prosecution, then the investigative file may be held until the legal proceedings have concluded."