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Update : Vernon County Sheriff releases details about false alarm active shooter incident

Stoddard, Wis. – Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson reports on Tuesday, May 9 at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call from a staff member at the Stoddard Elementary School. The caller reported an active shooter at the school in response to a message the caller received.

One of the deputy sheriffs that responded to the school arrived within four minutes. Collaborating closely with school staff, the deputy quickly determined there was no threat and all students and staff were safe.

The reason for the message is now the matter of investigation that continues by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and the De Soto Area School District. Upon conclusion, a final investigation report will be forwarded to Vernon County District Attorney Timothy J. Gaskell for review.

I would like to thank the De Soto Area School District for partnering with the Sheriff’s Office, training with a deep commitment for the safety of all students, staff, and visitors of all your campuses.

Sheriff Roy Torgerson


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From Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson

This morning at about 9:31AM, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of an active shooter at the Stoddard Elementary School. As officers were responding, it was determined that there was no active shooter at the school and there is NO threat at the school. Officers responded very quickly and as a precaution, they are contacting each school in the area. Again, it has been determined that there is no active shooter, and the community is NOT at risk. Thank you!

Sheriff Roy Torgerson

Update #1:

I will remain at the school until further notice; however, the school is safe and all students are going about their day of learning. My staff will continue to work with the school to determine the cause of the false alarm. We will use this as an opportunity to review all emergency procedures. – Sheriff Torgerson

Update #2:

I am on scene in Stoddard. There is no danger or threat to the school. Deputies are working with school administration to determine the cause of the false alarm. I will provide you with an update in 15 minutes. -Sheriff Roy Torgerson

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