Suspect and slain officers identified in Northern Wisconsin police shooting

Officer Emily Breidenbach

Barron, WI – Two officers from Western Wisconsin who were shot and killed during a traffic stop in Barron, WI on Saturday, April 8, have been identified as Chetek police Officer Emily Breidenbach, age 32, with approximately five years of law enforcement service, and Cameron police Officer Hunter Scheel, age 23, with approximately one year of law enforcement service.

According to statement by Attorney General Josh Kaul the officers were conducting a traffic stop based on a warrant and to check the welfare of the driver, Glenn Douglas Perry, age 50, following notification of concerning behavior.

Officer Hunter Scheel

According to the Attorney General’s statement, during the traffic stop, gunfire was exchanged. Breidenbach and Scheel were pronounced deceased at the scene. Perry was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

The statement went on to say this is an ongoing investigation, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation continues to review the evidence. The investigative reports will be turned over to the Barron County district attorney when the investigation concludes.

Governor Tony Evers issued a statement today stating “Kathy and I join the people of Wisconsin in offering our sincerest condolences to the loved ones, friends, and colleagues of Emily Breidenbach of the Chetek Police Department and Hunter Scheel of the Cameron Police Department, who were killed in the line of duty over the weekend.”

The governor also issued an executive order to “lower the U.S. and Wisconsin flags to half-staff across the state in honor of Officer Breidenbach and Officer Scheel once funeral arrangements have been announced as we continue to keep these officers and their families in our hearts and prayers.”

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