UPDATE: Wisconsin DCI probes shooting death in Juneau County in which another man shot self

Second man apparently suffered self-inflicted gunshot wound in former Juneau County Judge John Roemer’s home, authorities say
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(Associated Press)

MAUSTON, Wis. — State and local law enforcement officials say one person was shot and killed Friday in a targeted shooting at a home in the Township of New Lisbon.

During an afternoon press conference, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation will lead the investigation.

The Juneau County Sheriff’s Office was first called to the scene around 6:30 a.m. after someone reported hearing two gunshots fired from an area home. The caller was outside the home, reportedly owned by former Juneau County Judge John Roemer’s, and called authorities from a nearby home.

Shortly after 10:15 a.m., a Juneau County SWAT team entered the home and found the homeowner, a 68-year-old male, dead. Law enforcement then found a 56-year-old man in the basement with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police attempted lifesaving measures and ultimately transported him to a medical facility. Kaul said the 56-year-old man is in critical condition.

Authorities said they recovered a gun at the scene.

Kaul described the shooting as targeted and said law enforcement officials have not found any evidence that the general public is in any danger. He did, however, say that the suspect in the shooting may have been targeting other people with ties to the judicial system.

“The individual who is the suspect appears to have had other targets as well that appear to be related to the judicial system,” Kaul said. “At this point, we are not aware of any evidence indicating that there is any active danger to other individuals. Those who may have been other targets have been notified of that.”

While Kaul declined to identify the homeowner who was killed, an online search of Juneau County land records indicates that former Juneau County Judge John Roemer owned a home in the neighborhood where the shooting happened.

Kaul spoke at a news conference late Friday afternoon:

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MAUSTON, Wis. (WISC) — State and local authorities will share more information on a “critical incident” in rural Juneau County during a Friday afternoon press conference, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Attorney General Josh Kaul and Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson were expected to speak at the briefing at the Juneau County Justice Center.

Since at least 7:30 a.m., numerous law enforcement vehicles have been stationed near the Woodland Hills subdivision off of Hwy. 58, according to a business located in the area. The subdivision is north of Mauston and east of New Lisbon.

Neither the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office nor the Mauston Police Department has shared any information about the nature of officers’ presence in the area. State patrol officers were also present at the scene, but the nature of their involvement with the incident is unclear.

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