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Kenosha Sheriff’s Department Involved In Chase, Crash, and Shooting: Suspect Dead

Kenosha County Squad Car
(Photo by Sheriff David W. Zoerner)

Today just after 3:30 pm, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department assisted with a vehicle pursuit that entered Kenosha County.  The suspect vehicle crashed into a field near US 45 and CTH KR, in the Town of Paris.  The suspect pointed a weapon at multiple law enforcement officers. 

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Law enforcement did fire at the suspect.  The suspect was transported from the scene to a local hospital.

Per Kenosha Sheriff’s Department protocol for officer-involved shootings, the Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation will be the lead investigative agency.  The involved deputies from Kenosha County have been placed on administrative assignment, per department policy.

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This is a breaking story.

***Update 1/17/2023 at 11:16am. KCE has learned that the suspect is dead.***

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Here is the Wisconsin DOJ’s press release regarding this issue:

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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8 Responses

  1. The investigation must proceed as it must but I’m a bit disappointed that our new sheriff was not more out in front and transparent. This is all information that could have been disclosed last night. The business of law enforcement cherry picking when and what information will be released does not enhance trust. For example, why was there a vehicle being pursued? Who is the deceased suspect (general information if identity needs to be withheld, i.e., a 32-year-old Racine man)? What hospital? What does “drop a firearm in the individual’s possession” mean? Was the suspect holding it or aiming and pointing it?

    Maybe some of those questions couldn’t be answered and shouldn’t be at this time but this deserved better transparency. Truth requires no memorization.

    1. It would be improper for the Kenosha Sheriff’s Office to comment. This information I learned independently. The Michael Bell law suggests that the departments should refer the media to the DOJ DCI for comment. The Sheriff’s Department wishes to not comment so an impartial investigation can be completed without influence from the involved agencies.

      1. The original poster has a point. They may not be able to say everything but they should say something. People will think they’re hiding if they don’t.

  2. From paragraph 2 of Wisconsin DOJ’s press release –

    “First aid was rendered at the scene and the subject was transported to a local hospital where they later died.”

    In normal use, “they” is plural. Who else died?
    I suppose this is an attempt to not misgender the deceased.
    Makes for ridiculous mental gymnastics where every word needs to be parsed for new made up meanings.

    I don’t expect better from Kaul’s office.

    1. It is perfectly acceptable to use “they” in singular form, such as in the above context used. This shouldn’t require “mental gymnastics” to figure out. People are nuts. Always trying to find the smallest and dumbest thing to make some unrelated political point. Relax people!

  3. Cut the rookie sheriff a little slack here but he should know better. And hopefully from constructive criticism he’ll learn.

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