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A week after Wausau police shooting, few details released

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jan 25, 2020

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — More than a week after a fatal police shooting in Wausau, Wisconsin authorities still haven't released the names of officers involved or the suspect.

Few details have been released about the Jan. 16 shooting. Wausau police officers and Marathon County sheriff's deputies are on administrative leave, but it's not clear how many officers were involved and who fired the fatal rounds.

Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven told the Wausau Daily Herald that he believes the state will release names Monday. A Justice Department spokeswoman told the newspaper Friday that the investigation was ongoing.

So far, authorities have said the suspect was trying to steal vehicles, and fired at police numerous times before police shot back. Authorities say the suspect fell to the ground and ignored commands to drop the weapon before pointing it at officers. Police shot again.

The newspaper reported that a video posted to Facebook showed police shooting a person on the ground. In the video, officers can be heard yelling. At one point the person waves something in the air and officers began firing multiple times.

Bliven has urged the community to reserve judgment until the Justice Department completes its investigation because the video doesn't show the entire incident.

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