DOJ: Wisconsin congressman fatally shoots passenger during traffic stop

A northeast Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy fatally shot and killed a person during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice said an Oconto County sheriff’s deputy opened fire when a passenger in the vehicle allegedly pulled a knife and “approached the deputy.”

The incident unfolded around 2:40 p.m., when the deputy was notified that a driver was driving ‘recklessly’ on Interstate 41. About 10 minutes later, the deputy saw a vehicle matching the description given stop on the side of the freeway near Frog Pond Road in Oconto.

According to a statement, the deputy saw that the driver was “already injured” when they approached the vehicle. As the deputy treated the driver, police said a passenger in the vehicle allegedly armed himself with a knife and “approached the deputy.”

The DOJ press release claims the passenger was not complying with the demands. The deputy shot and killed the passenger – who was not identified – at the scene.

The driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries deemed not to be life-threatening.

The MP who fired their gun has since been placed on administrative leave.

The Justice Department is investigating the shooting with other outside agencies. Once the investigation is complete, the reports will be turned over to the Oconto County District Attorney.

Bring Me The News has contacted the Department of Justice to find out more.

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the latest version of police events and may be subject to change.

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