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Monroe Co. DA: Sparta Officer acted lawfully in fatal shooting

SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) – The Monroe County District Attorney said a Sparta Police officer acted lawfully when he shot and killed a man last fall in Sparta.

Last October 4, Sparta Police Sergeant Booker Ferguson was sent to a home on Fairway Drive in Sparta for a report of a disturbance involving 21-year-old John Bartholomew.  The caller wanted him removed from the home after he'd been drinking and became argumentative.

The investigation showed that following the call to police, Bartholomew took some knives and was threatening the caller and another family member.  Still armed, he went outside when he saw Sgt. Ferguson arrive.  Police said Bartholomew began moving towards the officer.  Sgt. Ferguson told Bartholomew to drop the knives, and when he failed to do that, and continued towards the officer, he was shot.

First aid was performed on Bartholomew until he could be transported by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta.  He later died from the gunshot wounds.

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation conducted an investigation into the shooting and determined Friday that Sgt. Ferguson acted lawfully and took appropriate action during the office involved shooting.

In a statement to the media, DA Kevin Croninger said. “Not only did Sgt.. Ferguson make the correct decision, but he also demonstrated an example of the high character of law enforcement officers by rendering first aid, to an individual who just minutes earlier had put both the safety of himself and other members of the public in danger.”

No word yet on when Sgt.. Ferguson will return back to work.

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