Press Release

On Friday, September 30th 2016 Washburn County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle traveling eastbound on State Hwy 77 between Minong and Hayward. The vehicle then fled and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended then the driver came to a stop on State Hwy 77 near Harper Road in Sawyer County. Shortly after being stopped the driver produced a handgun forcing the deputy to shoot in self-defense. After securing the scene the driver was transported to the Hayward Hospital by the Sawyer County ambulance. The incident is being investigated by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the City of Hayward Police, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sawyer County ambulance, the Winter Fire Department, the Town of Hayward Fire Department, and the City of Hayward Fire Department. For more information please direct inquiries to Johnny Koremenos, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Justice at Koremenosj@doj.state.wi.us or 608-266-1221

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