By Paul Schmitt
The four law enforcement officers from Kewaunee County will not face charges from an officer-involved shooting incident back in August. Kewaunee County District Attorney Andrew Naze announced the decision Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at the Kewaunee County Administration Center in Kewaunee.
Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Jamie A. Tlachac and Jordan D. Salentine along with Dustin E. Smidle have been on paid administrative leave since the officer-related shooting led to the death of Tyler Whitmire on August 21. The other officer, Kewaunee Police officer Brian Gale returned to duty a few weeks ago. District Attorney Naze says no charges are being filed against the officers after reviewing information gathered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigations.
Video released Tuesday showed Whitmire running towards Officer Salentine with a knife raised, Officer Tlachac seeing immediate and substantial risk to Deputy Salentine used justified force, according to Naze.
The four officers were responding on August 21 to a call in which Whitmire was threatening a woman and nearby residents in the town of Franklin with a knife. Officer Tlachac fired shots that resulted in Whitmire’s death. Sheriff Matt Joski says no decision has been made when the three officers who were on paid administrative leave will resume their duties with the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department.
You can find the investigative report and synopsis done by the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigations below: