By Shereen Siewert
A man who died after being shot by police in Fox Crossing this week was wanted in connection with several crimes including multiple armed burglaries, authorities said Wednesday.
The incident is the second officer-involved shooting in Fox Crossing in less than three months.
Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz said officers responded Tuesday night to Fox Crossing to serve a search warrant. But minutes after the Winnebago County SWAT team’s arrival, the man “put into motion” a series of events that led to his shooting and death, Matz said.
Authorities have not released the man’s name and have not named the four SWAT team members involved in the shooting who are now on administrative leave.
Matz offered no additional details about the shooting but said the man was suspected of dealing methamphetamine in Grand Chute and fled from police, striking an officer’s squad car. That incident happened in June.
Then in early January, the man allegedly crashed into a natural gas meter in Neenah and struck another squad car while fleeing from officers. The vehicle was recovered the next day in the town of Vinland with a stolen firearm inside that was later tied to multiple armed burglaries in Brown County, Matz said.
The incident came just days after an officer-involved shooting in Wausau, where a man was killed on the city’s west side following an intense standoff with police. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice have so far declined to release names in the Wausau incident.
In November officers from Fox Crossing, Menasha, and Neenah Departments responded to a call for an armed subject at a Fox Crossing home. Police negotiations with the suspect failed, and eventually 35-year-old Michael Jolly emerged from the home with a firearm. He was struck and killed by police after disregarding verbal commands, according to the DOJ.
Jolly died a short time later at a Neenah hospital.
As required by state law, the shooting is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.