Law enforcement cleared in December 10 shooting

TINA L. SCOTT
EDITOR

The Lincoln County deputy involved in the emergency response and shooting death of 28-year-old John Z. Moua on Dec. 10, 2021, on Shady Lane Ave. in the town of Pine River, was cleared. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) investigated the incident and reviewed all evidence.
According to a letter from Paul M. Ferguson, Assistant Attorney General for the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of Open Government, “The Lincoln County District Attorney has determined that there is no basis to prosecute the law enforcement officer involved, and DCI is releasing its case pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 175.47(5)(b).

The officer who discharged his weapon in the incident has a 17-year career in law enforcement, including 10 years with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began when a family member called 911 on the morning of December 10, 2021, because Moua was acting “paranoid” and was holding a knife to his own throat and there were other family members in the room. home who could be injured. The caller also said Moua had a history of drug abuse.

According to the investigation, the following happened. Upon arrival, officers repeatedly pleaded with Moua to put the knife down. The agents had no weapons drawn.

Then the situation escalated when Moua grabbed another person at the residence with the knife pointed at that person’s chest and neck, and the officer, fearing for that person’s life, he said. said, discharged his gun, hitting Moua.
The officer immediately began carrying out rescue measures. Merrill Fire Department Emergency Medical Services personnel also responded to the scene, but rescue attempts were unsuccessful.