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Update: DOJ determines use of deadly force was justified in Fox Crossing officer-involved shooting

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FRIDAY 1/17/2020 3:02 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Winnebago County District Attorney has determined no criminal charges will be brought against the officers involved in the November 14 officer-involved shooting death of Michael Jolly.

According to the report by Winnebago County D.A. Christian Gossett, a call was made to dispatch by Jolly’s wife saying Michael had a shotgun and was threatening to take his life.

When officers arrived, it was learned that Jolly’s wife and two children were still in the home. An officer then drove their squad car up to the home where Jolly’s wife and children got in and left the scene.

One of the officers that arrived on scene of the incident said they were aware of Michael Jolly as they had arrested him at approximately 2:11 that same morning for an OWI. As Jolly left his vehicle he had reportedly told the lieutenant ‘he was in a bad place’. The report continues by saying that Jolly was extremely cooperative and was released to his wife at 4:00 a.m.

At the scene of the incident, Jolly again stated he was in a bad place and said it was because his grandfather had passed. According to the D.A.’s report, the lieutenant had learned that Jolly’s grandfather had passed away five years earlier.

As the scene developed, Jolly left the home with ‘the barrel of a long gun pointed toward’ the officers on scene. The officers took positions of concealment.

According to the report, one officer had a less-lethal option at first, but transitioned to his firearm as Jolly continued to pose a threat. Several shots were then fired by two officers in Jolly’s direction and he ‘went down’.

Once officers observed Jolly was down, medics were called in to transport Jolly to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Winnebago County D.A. says “Depression and depleted mental health have devastating effects not only on the person suffering from those conditions, but also on their family, and anyone else who encounters the individual in a meaningful way. November 14, 2019, is a date that law enforcement and Jolly’s family will never be able to forget. This tragic incident clearly shows how individuals impacted by loss and grief can carry that sorrow with them for years, leaving them with a belief that they have no option but to escape and end their pain. This night truly was a tragedy for everyone involved.”

DOJ releases names of officers and victim of officer-involved shooting

TUESDAY 11/19 3:04 p.m.

FOX CROSSING, Wis. (WFRV) — The Wisconsin DOJ has released more information regarding the officer-involved shooting in Fox Crossing on Thursday, November 14th.

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Law enforcement conducted verbal negotiations with the individual via phone until the officers arrived on scene where negotiations continued.

During negotiations, 35-year-old Michael Jolly came out of the home with a firearm.

Two officers, Fox Crossing Officer Corey Colburn and Neenah Police Officer Austin Riska, fired their weapons, hitting Jolly after he disregarded verbal commands.

A firearm was found on the scene.

The Wisconsin DOJ continues to investigate the incident.

Colburn has served with the force for nine years and Riska has served for two.

DOJ investigating Fox Crossing officer-involved shooting

THURSDAY 11/14/19 11:50 a.m.

FOX CROSSING, Wis. (WFRV) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer-involved death in Fox Crossing Thursday morning.

According to officials, a Fox Crossing Police officer and a Neenah Police officer responded to a call for a suicidal subject on the 900 block of Clover Street in Fox Crossing.

Following an interaction with the subject, both officers reportedly discharged their weapons, striking the subject.

A firearm was found on the scene.

Authorities performed lifesaving measures and the subject was transported to ThedaCare Neenah where he died from his injuries.

No officers were injured during the incident.

DCI is leading this investigation, and is assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin State Crime Lab, Menasha Police Department, Neenah Police Department, and Fox Crossing Police Department. All involved law enforcement is fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.

DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Winnebago County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

No additional information is available at this time.

Police respond to “significant incident” in Fox Crossing

THURSDAY 11/14/19 8:14 a.m.

FOX CROSSING, Wis. (WFRV) Fox Crossing Police say officers were dispatched around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday to Clover Street for a report of a weapons call.

Daniel Wiechman, Community Liason Officer with the Fox Crossing Police Department, says the Department of Justice Division of Criminal investigation has taken command over the scene.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.


FOX CROSSING, Wis. (WFRV) Fox Crossing Police say they responded to a “significant incident” Thursday morning on Clover Street.

Police add that the public is not in any danger, but to avoid the area while officers investigate.

Local 5’s Calvin Lewis reports that police were surrounding a particular home on the street, and were seen escorting people from the home.

Local 5 will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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