Following a high-speed chase with area law enforcement officials Tuesday, Jan. 22, a man being sought by family members from the Waukesha area, shot and killed himself after exiting his vehicle at the intersection of County Highway D and Swamp Creek Road in the Town of Newbold.
On Monday at 10:47 p.m., the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office requested law enforcement assist in locating an individual whose family members were concerned for his safety and welfare.
An initial investigation has determined thaton Tuesday at 2:04 a.m. an Oneida County deputy sheriff was on patrol in Rainbow Flowage area of the Town of Newbold and observed a vehicle that the individual was reported to be driving.
The deputy attempted to make contact with the motorist, but the man driving the vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed.
The deputy initiated a pursuit, but the vehicle failed to stop. The motorist traveled onto County Highway O and initially stopped on County Highway D near Highway O and displayed a handgun. The man then continued on Highway D and stopped near the intersection of Swamp Creek Road.
The man, who was alone in the vehicle, exited the vehicle armed with a handgun and officers observed the individual fire a single round from the handgun.
As a result, the self-inflicted gunshot resulted in the individual’s death.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department was assisted during the incident by personnel from the Minocqua, Rhinelander, Three Lakes, Woodruff police departments and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.
The name of the deceased is being withheld so that family members can be notified.
The death remains under investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department and the Oneida County Medical Examiner.