UPDATE: Wausau cemetery shooting suspect reportedly booby-trapped home with bombs

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FRIDAY 10/18/19 3:35 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — The man accused of killing one person and injuring two others in a Wausau cemetery earlier this month appeared in court Friday.

According to court documents, 64-year-old Henry West of Schofield faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide, 11 counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, one count of arson, three counts of attempted arson, and resisting or obstructing an officer.

The Associated Press reports West booby-trapped his apartment with bombs for police to find.

Cash bond for West was set at $10 million. He is scheduled to appear in court again in November.

Victims of Wausau shooting identified

MONDAY 10/7/19 11:20 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — The Wausau Police Department has identified the victims of a shooting in a cemetery on Thursday.

The 52-year-old Wausau woman who died in the incident has been identified as Patricia Grimm. According to police, she was an employee of Pine Grove Cemetery at the time of the incident.

Another employee of Pine Grove Cemetery, 60-year-old William Buhse of Wausau remains in critical condition.

Wausau Police say 70-year-old Rosemelia Short of Wausau was treated for her injuries and has been released. She is related to an employee of the cemetery.

The suspect in the shooting, 64-year-old Henry West is set to make his initial appearance on October 18. Police say they have recommended charges of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Police say the investigation remains ongoing.

Local 5 will continue to provide updates to this story as information becomes available.

$1 million cash bond set for Wausau shooting suspect

FRIDAY 10/4/19 2:15 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — The suspect accused of killing one and injuring two others in a shooting at a cemetery in Wausau Thursday is now being held on a $1 million cash bond.

Local 5’s affiliate, WSAW, reports 64-year-old Henry West appeared in Marathon County Court Friday for a probable cause hearing. He is expected to be formally charged on October 18.

Wausau Police are recommending charges of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

A 52-year-old Wausau woman died in the shooting Thursday. A 60-year-old Wausau man is in critical condition while a 70-year-old Wausau woman is in stable condition.

Wausau Police reveal more information on shooting suspect, victims

FRIDAY 10/4/19 1:08 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — Wausau Police have released more information about the victims and suspect in connection with a Thursday morning shooting.

Chief of Police Benjamin Bliven says a 52-year-old Wausau woman has died in the shooting.

A 60-year-old man from Wausau is in critical condition while a 70-year-old Wausau woman is in stable condition.

According to Bliven, 64-year-old Henry West, the suspect, was a former employee of Pine Grove Cemetery, which is where the shooting took place.

West reportedly left their employment in 2012, but not on his own terms. He was reportedly dissatisfied with the cemetery.

On Tuesday, a judgement of eviction was entered for West, according to Chief Bliven.

Officials believe these two facts are pertinent to the investigation.

Suspect in Wausau shooting identified

FRIDAY 10/4/19 11:35 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — Wausau Police have identified the suspect involved in a shooting in Wausau Thursday.

According to Local 5’s affiliate, WSAW, 64-year-old Henry West is suspected of shooting and killing one person and injuring two others.

West is scheduled to make a court appearance Friday afternoon.

Charges of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide have been recommended by law enforcement.

West is a former Pine Grove Cemetery employee and lived on Fullmer Street in Schofield – the same location of an apartment complex that experienced a fire officials say is connected to the shooting.

During a press conference, police said a handgun was recovered at the cemetery.

Wausau Aspirus Hospital is treating two patients related to the shootings. The extent of injuries is unknown.

Around 6 p.m., WSAW reports law enforcement obtained a search warrant for multiple buildings, including the suspect’s apartment and garage. The Marathon County Bomb Squad used an explosive device to get through the suspect’s door. Authorities said they’ll be using a robot to enter the suspect’s apartment.

Thursday night, residents who live in the apartment complexes on Fullmer Street in Wausau, were told to head to the Schofield City Hall.

Chief Clay Schulz with the Everest Metro Police Department told WSAW residents were not able to go home because the scene was still active. Resources were available to residents.

Police confirm one dead, two injured in Wausau shooting

THURSDAY 10/3/19 2:00 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven says one person was found dead and two others injured in a shooting at Pine Grove Cemetery Thursday morning.

The victims were either employees of, or connected to employees of, the cemetery.

After arriving on the scene, police say reports from callers indicated a possible suspect was seen fleeing east of the cemetery.

Officers located the suspect and took him into custody without further incident.

A handgun was recovered in the area of the cemetery.

Officers say the suspect, a former Pine Grove Cemetery employee, is a man from the Schofield area; he will make an initial court appearance Friday.

Police also say a fire, believed to be suspicious, broke out around 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officers believe the fire is connected to the shooting at Pine Grove Cemetery.

A gas leak in a vacant building near the fire was also reported and residents were evacuated as a precaution.

According to officials, search warrants will be executed throughout the day.

Local 5 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Police confirm Wausau shooting, structure fire connected

THURSDAY 10/3/19 12:55 p.m.

Thursday morning’s shooting in a Wausau cemetery is reportedly connected to a fire in an apartment complex garage in Schofield, according to WSAW.

Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven spoke with Local 5’s affiliate in Wausau and confirmed the connection.

The scenes are just over a mile and a half apart. WSAW reports the Marathon County Bomb Squad was at the scene of the garage fire.

Investigators told reporters a gas leak is coming from a home next to the apartment and two nearby businesses were evacuated.

The cause of the fire has not been released.

A press conference is expected at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Wausau Police respond to shooting near cemetery

THURSDAY 10/3/19 10:30 a.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — Multiple people have reportedly been injured in a shooting near a Wausau cemetery.

According to Local 5’s CBS affiliate, WSAW, a suspect is in custody.

Authorities reportedly began responding around 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

A spokesman reportedly told reporters two patients have been transported to a hospital.

Local 5 reached out to the Wausau Police Department for comment and were informed that a news release will be coming after 12 p.m.

Local 5 will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

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