UPDATE: Monroe County Sheriff investigating Sparta homicide

Sheriff opens investigation after disturbance near Sparta resuls in one death, multiple injuries

UPDATE – SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office opened a homicide investigation into the death of a man near Sparta Sunday morning.

The Monroe County 911 Communication Center received a call about a disturbance where three victims suffered injuries from an edged weapon, according to the sheriff’s office.

Law enforcement met the suspect outside the home and the suspect had a rifle. He suffered a self–inflicted gunshot wound before emergency personnel arrived. Officers then arrested the man.  An ambulance took the suspect and one of the victims to a hospital, the second victim was transported by GundersenAir. All of the victims involved suffered serious injuries.

Officials found the third victim inside the home and pronounced the person dead at the scene. Due to the ongoing investigation, no additional information will be released at this time according to the sheriff’s office.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Monroe County 911 Communications Center, Sparta Police Department, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office, Sparta Ambulance, Tomah Ambulance, GundersenAir, Sparta Area Fire District, and Monroe County Highway Department.


SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – One person is dead after a disturbance at a home near Sparta Sunday morning. Monroe County Sheriff Wes Revels said the incident happened off Icarus Road and Highway 16 just before noon Sunday.

An older man suffered sharp-edged injuries to his head. A woman had sharp-edged injuries to her arms. The potential suspect has a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Gundersen Air took him and the older man to a local hospital. Sparta Ambulance service took the woman to a hospital.

Officers closed Highway 16 for a period of time while they got the scene under control. Officials say they believe the incident is isolated and there is no further danger to the public.

The Sparta Police Department was the first agency on site. The Wisconsin State Patrol, La Crosse Police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Sparta Area Ambulance, and Sparta Fire all assisted Sunday. No injuries to police or anybody assisting at the scene. Names of the people involved and the location of the home are not being released at this time. News 8 Now will update this story as more information is available.