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Jesse Cole Shuping

Identify Victim, Officers In Marinette Shooting Death

At approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, an armed suspect later identified as Jesse Cole Shuping, 35, of Portsmouth, Va. was shot and killed by four local law enforcement officers following a chase that ended with his death on Schacht Road in the Town of Peshtigo. None of the officers were injured. Shuping's identify was not known until Friday, Dec. 8.

It was then learned that he had previous felony convictions in North Carolina and Virginia, where he was on probation, and was also wanted on a grand larceny charge. He had been in the Marinette County area for about six weeks to a month. No information was provided on why he had come to this area.

According to a news release issued on Monday, Dec. 11 by Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve, the four officers involved were Deputy Sheriffs David Oginski and Spencer Elias of Marinette County Sheriff's Office and Officers Greg Haemker and Derrick Maye of the Marinette City Police Department. Sauve said all four fired their weapons in the incident.

Shots reportedly were fired by officers from both handguns and long guns.

They have completed their formal interviews with Wisconsin Department of Justice investigators and will remain on paid administrative leave while the mandatory investigation by the State Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation continues, Sauve said. State Law requires that an outside agency investigate whenever there is an officer-involved shooting incident. Sauve predicted at a press conference on the day of the shooting that the officers all collectively dealt with a very dangerous situation. He also predicted that the investigation would continue for a long time.

At that press conference Sauve and Marinette Chief of Police John Mabry told reporters they did not yet know the identity of the man who was shot, and identify of the officers involved was not being released at that time.

Sauve said at about 12:10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7 a call was received from a local hotel that there was a white male suspect, approximately in his mid 30s, with a hand gun. He displayed a gun at the door of a guest and the guest immediately shut the door. "It is not known if the suspect knew the guest or if it was a random robbery attempt, or what the situation was," Sauve said. Marinette City Police responded and started the investigation.

Investigators later said they had learned he was trying to collect a debt from someone at the Budget Inn at 1301 Marinette Ave. in Marinette when he displayed the gun. Hotel staff reviewed video footage of the incident and then called 911. At the time of the call, and at the time of Thursday's press conference, it was unknown if the suspect knew the guest or if it was a random robbery attempt, "or what the situation was," Sauve said.

They were unsure if it was some type of robbery, drug related or a domestic incident.

"It is good that the hotel was on top of the situation," Sauve commented.

Marinette City Police were the first to arrive and started the investigation. Eventually Marinette City Police, Marinette County Sheriff's Department, Peshtigo Police Department, Menominee City Police Department, Marinette county Dispatch and local EMS services and fire departments were involved and Sauve expressed thanks to all of them for their outstanding and dedicated efforts. District Attorney DeShea Morrow also was involved since early Thursday morning, Sauve said.

Through his cell phone usage officers were able to track the subject's location, and learned that he was at or near a home on Hwy. 64 in the Town of Peshtigo, about a mile from Schacht Road. The two deputies and two police officers began watching the home at about 3 a.m. and a short while later saw a man who met the subject's description leave in a small red 2-door car, westbound on Hwy. 64. They followed and attempted to stop the vehicle, which turned left onto Schacht Road and then went partially into the ditch. The driver displayed a gun when he exited the car, Sauve said.

"At this time the two Marinette City officers and the two Sheriff Department deputies considered themselves in danger and there were two or three shots fired and the subject is now deceased," Sauve said. He added that none of the deputies or officers were injured, the deceased was not known at that point, and it also was not known if he was from the area or not.

Portions of Hwy. 64 and Schacht Road were closed after the shooting until well into the afternoon on Thursday while Wisconsin Department of Justice investigated the crime scene and situation. Hwy. 64 was closed to through traffic from County T west to County RW in the Town of Peshtigo. Drivers were asked to seek alternate routes.

Sauve said calling on the Department of Justice to investigate is in accord with protocol and procedures of his department when there is an officer involved shooting, and it is state law to have these incidents investigated by an outside agency.

Identity of the subject was verified through several means following an autopsy on Friday, Dec. 8. Sauve said positive identification was made and his family in Virginia was notified.

Investigators also learned he had been staying in the area for slightly over a month, and had spent some time in a local homeless shelter, where he was befriended by a local individual who very recently allowed him to stay at her residence, which was the home on Hwy. 64 from which the cell phone was used.

According to data reportedly compiled by the Washington Post, Wisconsin Professional Police Association and USA Today Network of Wisconsin, this was the 24th officer-involved shooting death in Wisconsin this year and the 52nd since January of 2015.


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