UPDATE: Police: Wis. homicide suspect fired at officer

UPDATED Friday, December 20, 2013 --- 2:37 p.m.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- Ashland police say a teenage boy suspected of killing a man fired shots at an officer who arrived at the scene.

Police were sent to the home Monday night. At a news conference, Capt. Jim Gregoire said the 14-year-old suspect fired twice at the first officer to arrive around 9 p.m.

Gregoire says the officer, a 20-year veteran, then fired two shots. The suspect retreated into the house, and officers heard another shot. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen, which police believe was self-inflicted.

WDIO-TV reports the suspect was hospitalized and later transferred to jail. He's being held on $250,000 bail as prosecutors finalize charges, which police say could include first-degree homicide and attempted homicide.

The victim, 52-year-old William Saari, suffered several gunshot and stab wounds.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 --- 7:56 p.m.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) -- Police are holding a 14-year-old boy in a suspected homicide in northwestern Wisconsin.

The victim, a 52-year-old Ashland man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identify the victim as William Saari (SAR'-ree).

Ashland Police Captain James Gregoire says officers got a 911 call and were sent to the home shortly before 9 p.m. Monday.

By the time Gregoire arrived, Saari was being treated by medical personnel but was later pronounced dead. The victim's wife, Carolyn Saari, was not hurt.

Police say the boy is in a detention facility. Authorities would not specify the boy's relationship to the victim or say what kind of weapon was used.

The Daily Press reports counselors were made available to students and staff in the Ashland School District.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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