Wausau, Wis. – Yesterday Wednesday March 22, the Wausau community was struck by a terrible tragedy when four victims, including an officer with the Everest Metropolitan Police Department, were shot dead.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on March 22, 2017, law enforcement received a report of an active shooter in Rothschild, Wisconsin. The suspect visited the Marathon Savings Bank, killing two civilians, and a law office in Schofield, killing one civilian. The suspect ended this violent spree by barricading himself in an apartment in Weston, Wisconsin. After a few hours of negotiation, the suspect exchanged gun fire with responding officers and was injured.
The suspect of these shootings is a 45-year-old male who is a resident of the Village of Weston. He sustained nonfatal gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment where he remains in police custody. The suspect will be prosecuted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Litigation Unit. The suspect was motivated by a domestic incident, not a bank robbery, as previously reported. More information, including the suspect’s identity and any prior contact with law enforcement, will be released in the near future.
A law enforcement officer with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office’s tactical team and an officer with the Everest Metropolitan Police Department were involved in the exchange of gunfire that resulted in the suspect’s injury. The involved officers are on paid, administrative leave, pending the outcome of the officer involved shooting investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and a charging decision by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Legal Services.
This was an isolated incident with one suspect. Law enforcement investigation to this point has identified this as a domestic violence incident that evolved into tragic crimes that extended further into the community. The victim of the domestic violence associated with this suspect is identified and unharmed.
Detective Jason T. Weiland spent 18 years in law enforcement, all of them in the Wausau-area, the last 15 with the Everest Metropolitan Police Department. Detective Weiland was well-trained and his brave response likely prevented other deaths. He is survived by his wife and two children. Jason, a devoted Green Bay Packers fan, was 40-years-old.
A memorial fund for the Weiland family has been established through Intercity State Bank, 2900 Schofield Ave., Weston, WI 54476. Donations for the family can be directed to Intercity State Bank under the name of “Weiland Memorial Fund.”
The Wausau community is also mourning the loss of the following three individuals:
Dianne M. Look 67, Sara H. Quirt Sann 43, Karen L. Barclay, 62.
Businesses affected by yesterday’s events are closed until further notice.