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Man Shoots At Cars In Siren, Then Dies After Being Shot By Sheriff

Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that at least two civilians and a Sheriff were injured by gunfire in an incident that occurred around 11:45 a.m Sunday (Sept 26) in Siren, WI.  A man began shooting at random vehicles, and a chase involving Burnett County Sheriff’s and civilians ensued.

The man was stopped by a Burnett County sheriff’s deputy on Highway 35 near Webster.

Upon stopping, WCCO reports the man began shooting and a Burnett County Sheriff’s deputy was shot in the arm. The deputy returned fire, killing the man.

The deputy injured was sent to the Burnett County Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The deputy has nine years of law enforcement experience and will go on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

The suspect, who is a 43-year-old man from rural Siren and is known to law enforcement, remains unnamed.

Tim Schlichting, a teacher at Pine City High School was among those shot at. Mr. Schlichting was driving home to Minnesota through Siren, with five passengers in his van, when he saw the gunman standing at the corner of an intersection.

“He picked up the gun, pointed it right at me and just pulled the trigger,” Schlichting told KARE 11.”

Schlichting said bird shot punctured the side of his van, shattering the driver-side window. His 4-year-old son and 18-month old daughter were in the back seat, but no one in his vehicle was hurt.

The other two people who were injured were also treated at the Burnett County Medical Center, and one was transported to another hospital but in stable condition.

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