Sheriff's deputy fatally shoots suspect in Elkhorn

Posted at 9:41 AM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 14:29:09-04

Elkhorn, Wis. -- A pursuit involving law enforcement ended when a Walworth County Deputy opened fire on a driver, killing the man.

It happened Thursday night around 10:00 p.m. in the city of Elkhorn. 

“I just heard sirens going off. Sounds like they were chasing somebody because you could hear the sirens going all over the place,” Brandon Trent said. 

The Walworth County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday morning one of its deputies pulled the trigger in an officer-involved shooting. The suspect, an adult male, died at the scene. He also drove his car into the Brogan & Patrick Manufacturing Corp. building, nearly missing Michael Brogan, the owner's son and employee.

“I’m thinking I’m lucky to be alive. I’m lucky I wasn’t listening to music on my headphones or something and didn’t see it coming,” Brogan said.

Deputies received reports of a reckless driver in Waukesha county —they located and attempted to stop the driver at HWY 12/67 and Potter Rd. near the city limits of Elkhorn, but the driver didn’t stop —that’s when the pursuit started. 

Once the driver eventually stopped a deputy exited his marked squad car. The driver then allegedly drove toward the deputy —and that’s when the deputy fired shots.

“I could've been killed because some guy was driving reckless. I wasn’t even on the road,” Brogan said.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative duty as the Department of Justice investigates.