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Shooting in Sparta


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Sparta Police and other authorities continue to investigate an officer involved shooting that left one person with life threatening injuries late Thursday night.

According to Police Chief Michael Kass, officers were called to the 400 Block of Austin Street for a 9-1-1 hang up call.  Around 1010pm, the shooting happened between a City of Sparta Police officer and a single male subject.

Kass says the person was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Hospital in Sparta and later transferred to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse with life threatening injuries.

The officer involved in the shooting was not injured and is currently on administrative leave per department policy according to Kass.

He says that no other people are being sought in the incident and stressed that there is no reason to believe the community is at risk.

The state Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, is investigating the shooting along with Sparta, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Kass says no further information will come out until Monday.

Neighbors tell WXOW that around 10pm, about 10 police cars and two ambulances showed up at the home.  Neighbors were told to stay inside their homes during the incident.



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