Family looks for answers following fatal police shooting

A fatal officer involved shooting over the weekend has some in the Black River Falls community looking for answers.

Dozens of people rallied outside the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning, protesting the shooting death of 27-year old Lucas De Ford.

His sister, Kateri De Ford, says she doesn’t understand why the deputy used deadly force.

“And if any means necessary, there’s a taser or mace,” said De Ford. “Call back up. Why shoot him?”

Sheriff Duane Waldera says a call came in shortly after midnight Saturday morning for a possible disorderly conduct and restraining order violation.

One officer responded to the scene at 12:37 a.m. and shots were fired about twenty minutes later.

“In this situation, things took its course and ultimately there was a deadly force situation,” said Sheriff Waldera.

The deputy has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. Sheriff Waldera says that body camera footage from the unidentified deputy and other responders has been handed over to the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.

“Their responsibility is to turn the investigation over to the District Attorney’s office. They then do a review on it and make the ultimate decision if what happened was justified,” said Sheriff Waldera.

Meanwhile, as De Ford’s family plans for an unexpected funeral, they reflect on his life as a brother, father and friend.

“He was fun. He was loving. He lived for his daughters. He did everything for his daughters,” said Kateri De Ford.

This is the second fatal officer-involved shooting in Jackson County this year. The first happened in January and the officers in that case were cleared of any wrongdoing.

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