Green Bay man leads high speed chase in Marinette Co. before killing himself

Published 07/25 2014 06:13PM

Updated 07/25 2014 09:44PM

MARINETTE CO., Wis.-- A  peaceful drive through the northwoods nearly turned deadly for one couple Thursday afternoon.


911 call: "A guy just shot at my left windshield.  He's shooting at other people on the road."

Dispatcher: "Where are you?" 


The Illinois couple was driving down U.S. Highway 141 just south of Wausaukee shortly after 3 p.m. when the driver of a GMC Yukon in front of them started shooting.

The first bullet grazed the top of the car then pierced their windshield.

No one was hurt, but the ordeal wasn't over yet.


"They saw him turn on a side street to the east and continues north out of Wausaukee and then this vehicle that shot at them then comes up behind them and shot them again, said Marinette Co. Sheriff Jerry Suave.


The second bullet went through the back of the car, through a dog bed.  here's a piece of that then hit the back of the seat where the bullet dropped at the back of the trunk."


That sparked a 40 mile high speed chase. 

43 year-old Robb DeRoot led officers through Wausaukee where he fired at a squad car before turning on highway 8.

At times deroot was driving 120 miles per hour.


"Your heart is in your throat because you're just waiting for something terrible to was very very stressful and a very dangerous situation," said Sheriff Sauve.


The chase ended when DeRoot shot himself on a dirt road off of Shrine Road in the town of Goodman.


"Fortunately we were able to get our armed guys in there and they were able to make an approach and find him," said Sheriff Sauve.


As far as what caused this shooting rampage-- Sheriff Sauve says we'll never know. 


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