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UPDATE: DA says fatal shooting by SWAT officers justified

UPDATED Wednesday, March 19, 2014 --- 6:56 a.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- A district attorney in northwestern Wisconsin has ruled a fatal shooting by SWAT team officers serving a "no knock" warrant is justified.

Dunn County DA James Peterson made the determination following an investigation by agents from the state Department of Justice. Thirty-two-year-old Dennis Grohn was killed while officers executed a search warrant for drugs at his home in the town of Red Cedar in February.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says the investigation concluded sheriff's Deputy Peter Forbes shot Grohn after Grohn charged at him. The two struggled on the floor of a garage. Fall Creek Officer Adam Prorok arrived and says he saw Grohn's hand on the deputy's rifle, so he shot Grohn once.

An autopsy done at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St. Paul, Minn., determined Grohn died of two gunshot wounds.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 14, 2014 --- 3:12 p.m.

TOWN OF RED CEDAR, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in western Wisconsin say the man shot and killed by officers this week was suspected of dealing methamphetamine.

An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report (http://bit.ly/1opGAAN ) says authorities had been investigating the 32-year-old man, who was from the town of Red Cedar. An informant told authorities the man was selling meth, and the informant made an undercover purchase Tuesday.

Members of the Dunn County sheriff's department and other law enforcement officials searched the man's home Wednesday about 1:45 a.m. Sheriff Dennis Smith says there was a confrontation and at least one shot was fired. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Smith didn't immediately return a message Thursday seeking details about what led to the confrontation and whether the man was armed.

The sheriff identifies the suspect as Dennis Grohn.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 14, 2014 --- 10:22 a.m.

TOWN OF RED CEDAR, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in western Wisconsin say the man shot and killed by officers this week was suspected of dealing methamphetamine.

An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says authorities had been investigating the 32-year-old man, who was from the town of Red Cedar. An informant told authorities the man was selling meth, and the informant made an undercover purchase Tuesday.

Members of the Dunn County sheriff's department and other law enforcement officials searched the man's home Wednesday about 1:45 a.m. Sheriff Dennis Smith says there was a confrontation and at least one shot was fired. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Smith didn't immediately return a message Thursday seeking details about what led to the confrontation and whether the man was armed.

The suspect's name hasn't been released.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --- 11:55 a.m.

TOWN OF RED CEDAR, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a suspect was shot and killed when drug agents executed a search warrant in a Dunn County town.

A statement from Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith says officers from his department, the West Central Drug Task Force and the Eau Claire County Regional Tactical Team were executing the warrant in the Town of Red Cedar shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday when a confrontation took place and the suspect was fatally wounded by officers.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has been called to investigate. Officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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