MOUNT HOPE, Wis. -- Authorities said a Grant County Sheriff's Department deputy fatally shot a man this morning near Mount Hope.
Sheriff Nate Dreckman confirmed the man's death during a press conference this evening in Lancaster.
At 7:08 a.m., two deputies attempted to arrest a man who lived at 14403 Millville Hollow Road, Dreckman said. The man, whom he would not identify, was wanted on several warrants.
The man fled, leading officers on a short pursuit, Dreckman said.
“There was a confrontation between the deputy and the subject, who had armed himself with a weapon,” Dreckman said, reading from a prepared statement.
Shots were fired and the man was killed, he said. The deputy, whom Dreckman would not identify, was not injured. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation at the request of the Grant County Sheriff's Department, according to a press release.
"DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Grant County district attorney when the investigation concludes," the release stated.
“The Grant County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting an internal investigation as well,” Dreckman said.
The stretch of Millville Hollow Road was closed for several hours as emergency responders from several agencies worked on scene. The road was not re-opened until 6 p.m., Dreckman said.
Just before 9 a.m., the department's armored former-military vehicle was sent to approach a residence, according to scanner traffic. Emergency responders started calling nearby residents to tell them "the area is now safe" at about 9:15 a.m., according to the scanner.
The armored vehicle was observed on scene, as were multiple ambulances with flashing lights and squad vehicles from several agencies. More than a dozen emergency responders were in the area.
Among the agencies that responded to the incident were the Grant County and Crawford County sheriff's departments, Grant County Emergency Management and emergency medical personnel from several area fire departments.
Dreckman said more information will be released after an autopsy is performed Saturday.
Dreckman said that in his 22 years in law enforcement, this is the first officer-involved fatality he’s witnessed.