Court appearance scheduled for Appleton shooting suspect

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UPDATE: The suspect accused of shooting a man Tuesday afternoon in Appleton is expected to be in court on Thursday afternoon.

Several charges have been requested against 28-year-old Ger Thao.

They include one count of Attempted 1st Degree Homicide and five counts of 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

Officers have confirmed he is the man arrested in connection with the shooting that happened in the 2900 Block of North union Street just after 1:00 pm.


One man was sent to the hospital after being shot in Appleton on Tuesday afternoon.

Just after 1:00 pm, a 911 call alerted officers to reports of shots fired near an apartment building in the 2900 block of North Union Street.

Officers found a 35 year old Manitowoc man in a parking lot outside the apartment building.

The man suffered a lower body injury and was taken to a local hospital.

Due to the nature of the incident and the unknown location of the suspect, multiple schools were asked to go into a lockdown.

The request is standard in situations like this; there was no immediate threat toward any of the affected schools.

Based on information received from witnesses, officers were able to identify a suspect.

Officers checking possible areas for the suspect found him at Riverside Cemetery.

He was with a sibling.

Both subjects were taken into custody.

The sibling, who was not involved was released a short time later.

With the suspect in custody, the Police Department contacted the Appleton Area School District to lift the lockdown on the affected schools.

Schools dismissed for the day at their usual time.

Police are continuing their investigation by interviewing a 28 year-old Appleton man.

Charges will be requested through the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Sgt. Rabas at the Appleton Police Department: (920) 832-5500.

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