Update: Victim identified in Appleton bar shooting

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Appleton Police Monday identified the man who was shot and killed by an Appleton Police officer, after allegedly shooting a person in Jack’s Apple Pub early Sunday morning.

Police say the victim was 33 year old Jimmie Montel Sanders of Milwaukee. Police say he was staying with friends in Appleton at the time of the shooting. 

The incident began early Sunday morning, when Appleton police saw customers running out of the doors to the pub, yelling at police that there was a person inside who was shooting at people.

That’s when LT. Jay Steinke, a 28-year veteran of the Appleton Police Department entered the side door, Steinke encountered the suspect who police say had a gun, Officer Steinke fired his weapon at the suspect before retreating back out the door.

“He used his firearm to stop a threat in an extremely dangerous and chaotic situation,” said Police Chief Todd Thomas. “This is a tragic situation that all of us wish never occurred.”

Police say the suspect, later identified as 33 year old Jimmie Montel Sanders of Milwaukee, died later at the hospital, two other people suffered non-life threatening injuries, one with a gunshot wound.

The incident happened at 1:38 a.m. at the Apple Pub on the corner of College Avenue and State Street. The front door of the pub has shattered glass.

Police say the preliminary information they have received suggests that an argument broke out between two males, one took out a gun and fired at least one round, the two individuals wrestled to the ground while the people in the bar started running out the door.

Lt. Steinke is on administrative assignment during the investigation. Green Bay Police are leading the investigation, which has been more difficult because of conflicting eyewitness statements.  Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas released a statement Monday night with this information: 

“We appreciate those who are giving the investigators the time they need to properly investigate this incident. We also want to thank those in the community who have offered support and best wishes to Lt. Steinke and our other employees who are involved. We ask for you to keep in your thoughts and prayers the other individuals involved in this incident, and their loved ones.

These incidents are rare and we do live in a peaceful and safe community. We would encourage people to remember that tragic incidents like this are not patterns of behavior for our community but instead are usually triggered by the reckless actions and decisions of one person, which unfortunately impacts all of us.

If you have information on this incident we encourage you to contact Green Bay Police Lt. Jeff Brester at 920-448-3200 extension 0901.”

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