UPDATE: Adams Co. deputy returns to work, presented with Purple Heart

UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 8:25 a.m.

From our news partner, WSAW in Wausau:

The Adams County Sheriff's Department has present Deputy Todd Johnson with a Purple Heart Award after being shot while on duty.

Deputy Johnson was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance in the Town of Big Flats on February 19.

Deputy Johnson returned to work full time on September 11.

Sheriff Sam Wollin and Chief Deputy Terry Fahrenkrug presented Deputy Johnson with a Purple Heart award during the event.

The text accompanying the award read: “This is to certify that Sheriff Sam Wollin has awarded the Purple Heart to Deputy Todd Johnson Adams County Sheriff’s Office for being injured while responding to a suspicion complaint on February 19, 2013 in the Township of Big Flats. Deputy Johnson approached the residence and encountered a male subject inside of the residence. Verbal commands were given by Deputy Johnson, at which time the subject presented a handgun and fired several rounds in the direction of Deputy Johnson. Deputy Johnson was struck by the gun fire and sustained injuries. Deputy Johnson’s selfless act disrupted an incident of domestic violence and the potential homicide of the victim. Deputy Johnson’s decision to place himself in harm’s way resulted in saving the life of the victim. Deputy Johnson’s courageous commitment to public safety is a great credit to himself and the men and women of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.”


UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 --- 6:30 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

Authorities say a missing person case in the Milwaukee suburb West Allis led to a shooting in Adams County that left a sheriff's deputy wounded and suspect dead.

Karen Costigan was babysitting for family Tuesday in West Allis when she disappeared. Unable to locate her, family asked police to check her home in Big Flats, north of Adams-Friendship in Adams County.

At the home deputies found Karen and her 55-year-old husband Thomas Costigan, who shot at officers several times, striking one, before turning the gun on himself. Costigan and a deputy were airlifted to a hospital in Marshfield for treatment. Costigan died after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Police in West Allis say a series of domestic incidents led to a no-contact order. Court records indicate the couple applied for divorce in 2011 but later abandoned the proceedings.

The Adams County Sheriff's Department says the deputy shot was 43-year-old Todd Johnson. He remains in the hospital and has been with the department for five years.

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 --- 5:47 p.m.

Release from the Adams County Sheriff:

The address that the Adams County Sheriff's Deputy and Town of Rome Police Officer responded to on 2-19-13 in the Township of Big Flats was 724 10th Ave.

This incident is connected to a domestic violence incident that was reported to and investigated by West Allis Police Dept. Earlier in the day. The information regarding the West Allis incident and their inquiry into the address were not received until after the shooting incident occurred. The officers responding to the scene did not have this information at the time they responded to the report of the vehicle being in the driveway at the residence.

The 52-year-old woman that was reported missing was located at the residence by the officers who responded to the address. The woman did not sustain any injuries during the incident and was later released.

The Sheriff's Deputy and male subject involved remain in medical care. The incident remains under investigation and additional information will be released as permitted.


UPDATED Wednesday, February 20, 2013 --- 12:47 p.m.

TOWN OF BIG FLATS, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a missing person case in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis led to a shooting in Adams County of central Wisconsin that left a sheriff's deputy and a suspect wounded.

West Allis Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett says his department got a call around 6 p.m. Tuesday about a 52-year-old woman who was missing under suspicious circumstances. She had a no-contact order against her 55-year-old husband due to recent domestic incidents.

Authorities tracked them to Adams County, where the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. in a home in the Town of Big Flats.

Sheriff Sam Wollin says the suspect fired several shots at two officers, wounding the deputy before shooting himself. He says the officers did not return fire.

The extent of their injuries has not been released.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2012 --- 11:30 a.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

Two people are still recovering from gunshot injuries after an incident in Adams County Tuesday night.

Before 8 p.m. deputies and police arrived at a home on 10th Ave. where a resident noted a suspicious car and footprints on the driveway. When officers arrived a man disobeyed verbal commands and fired at the officers. The man also shot himself. Both the suspect and the officer were airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

Adams County Sheriff Sam Wollin says his preliminary investigation shows the officers did not return fire.

The incident may involve a missing woman from West Allis, near Milwaukee. West Allis Police say an unnamed 52-year-old went missing after "marital and domestic incidents." Officials in Adams County were sent to a a location the couple frequents in that area and a shooting that matches the Big Flats incident resulted.


UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 --- 11:15 a.m.

Press Release from the West Allis Police Department:

On 02/19/13 at approximately 5:54 PM, the West Allis Police Department was notified of a person missing under suspicious circumstances. Investigation revealed that a 52 year old female from West Allis was missing from a residence in the 9800 block of W. Vigo Terrace since noon that date.

Officers received information that the female and her 55 year old spouse had recent marital and domestic incidents resulting in a no contact order being in place and that she may be with him in an unknown location under unknown circumstances.

Based on the situation described to officers, other law enforcement agencies were alerted that she was missing and may be endangered. Information was received that the family has a location in Adams Friendship that they frequent and a request was sent to law enforcement in that jurisdiction to check for them and on the welfare of the female involved.

Our agency was informed that an officer in the Adams Friendship area located the people in question and an incident occurred resulting in an officer being injured and the male suffered a gunshot wound.

The circumstances in Adams are referred to the law enforcement agencies investigating in that jurisdiction for any further comment and information.

The complete circumstances and events that occurred in West Allis are still under investigation by the detective bureau at the West Allis Police Department.


UPDATED Wednesday, February 20, 2013 --- 7:40 a.m.

From the Adams County Sheriff's Department:

The Adams County Sheriff's Office along with Special Agents from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation are actively investigating the incident in the Adams County Town of Big Flats which resulted in gunfire injuring an Adams County Sheriff's Deputy and a male subject.

At approximately 10am Wednesday, February 20th a press conference will be held at the Adams County Board Room.

*No additional information will be released until that time*


POSTED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 --- 10:20 p.m.

From the Adams County Sheriff's Office:

On 2-19-2013 at about 7:36 p.m. the Adams County Sheriff's Office responded to a complaint of suspicious activity in the Adams County Town of Big Flats. Also responding was an officer with the Rome Police Department.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a subject inside a residence. Shots were fired, and both an Adams County Deputy Sheriff and a male subject inside the residence were struck by gunfire. both the subject and the Deputy were injured. Both the officer and subject were transferred via helicopter to a trauma facility. There is no threat to the public at this time.

The incident is under investigation by the Adams County Sheriff's Office. More information will be released at a later time.

Department says a law enforcement officer is among two people shot Tuesday evening in the Town of Big Flats, outside of Adams.

Both have been airlifted to hospitals for treatment.

The incident happened at about 8:15pm on 10th Avenue.

The roads in that area are closed.

The State Department of Criminal Investigations has been called in to investigate.

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