A gunman killed a firefighter and wounded a police officer while they responded to a medical emergency Wednesday evening at a bus stop in Wisconsin.
Appleton police and fire officials said the shooting occurred sometime after officers responded to an emergency at the Appleton bus stop at 5:30 p.m. The shooting left a firefighter dead and a police officer and another wounded on Peace Officers Memorial Day. The 47-year-old suspect later died at the hospital, reported The Associated Press. (RELATED: Suspected Colorado Shooter’s Dad Was Deported Twice: Report)
Kathy and I send our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, & colleagues of the firefighter who lost their life last night. We stand with our brave first responders, @appletonfire, @cityofappleton, and @AppletonPD_WI as they mourn this loss.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) May 16, 2019
Tori Mourning, who lives across from the bus stop, said she witnessed the shooting and had to tell her children to seek cover as the gunshots rang out.
“I looked up. I heard a pow and I thought it was the lawnmower firing. I heard it again. I looked up because you could see the bus stop from my bedroom window, looked at the tree. I saw the guy shoot a female and she went down. And another shot was fired and there was another male and he went down and I saw the shooter flee,” Mourning said, according to the AP.
“I screamed through my house that those are gunfire and everyone get down. So I ran, and by the time I got to the top of my house to the bottom my kids all ducked down,” she added.
A procession of police officers and firefighters honored their comrade by escorting the body of the slain firefighter 120 miles from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office to a funeral home in Appleton after an autopsy.
“It brings home the dangerous nature of the jobs that our officers are expected to do,” said Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.
Authorities said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and that funeral arrangements are pending for the firefighter.
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