Six People Arrested in Shooting Incident

Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies have six people in custody following a late night shooting in the town of Albion.

Jacklyn Butson

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 --- 11:45 a.m.

According to the Dane County Sheriff:

Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies have six people in custody following a late night shooting in the town of Albion.

At approximately 11:25 pm on Tuesday, September 30th, Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to a shooting, which reportedly took place at the Highwood Club House located at 80 Forrest Avenue. The two male victims were able to give the 911 dispatcher a detailed description of a white older model conversion van involved in the shooting, along with a description of the six individuals inside the van.

With the assistance of Edgerton Police, Rock County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Wisconsin State Patrol, the van was located. A traffic stop was initiated on I-90 at USH 14, just outside of Janesville, and Dane County Deputies took five of the individuals involved in the shooting incident into custody. Arrested at the time of the traffic stop were:

• Jacklyn J. Butson, age 17 of Newville
• Patrick D. Butler, age 20 of Janesville
• Justin D. Paysen, age 19 of Evansville
• Christopher J. Crownover, age 20 of Janesville
• Cortez M. Tucker, age 18 of Janesville

Between the time of the shooting and the traffic stop, an sixth person, Anna M. Fern, age 17, had been dropped off at her residence in Edgerton. Fern was arrested the morning of October 1st, when she arrived to attend class at Blackhawk Technical College.

Detectives believe that Fern was the person responsible for planning the incident. All six are facing a charge of Attempted Armed Robbery, Party to a Crime. Cortez Tucker, who was the shooter in the incident, is facing the additional charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Recklessly Endangering Safety.

A .22 caliber handgun was found at the time of the traffic stop. The initial investigation indicates that the group had planned on robbing the victims of drug money, however no money was exchanged. The victims were suspicious that the drug deal may not be going as planned and attempted to leave the scene. A total of six shots were fired at the victims SUV as they drove away. Two of the shots fired struck their vehicle, however no one was injured in the shooting.

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