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Officer-involved shooting in Marinette Co.


MARINETTE (WKOW) -- The Marinette County Sheriff's Department has released new details into a deadly officer-involved shooting early Wednesday morning.

Three deputies responded to a call in the Town of Beaver from a woman who said her husband had a gun and may be suicidal. Deputies asked to speak with the man, 82-year-old Ralph Slattery, over the phone, but authorities say he wasn't interested.

It's unclear whether Slattery was already outside his home when Deputies Lance Lincoln, Sean Van Ermen and Fred Popp arrived around 1:00 a.m. His wife managed to get out of the home safely. Authorities say Slattery ignored commands to drop his shotgun, which he pointed at authorities. Deputy Lincoln fired three rounds at Slattery.

The Marinette County Coroner confirms Slattery died outside his home. Investigators say there was a round of ammunition in Slattery's shotgun.

"They were dealt with a very, very difficult situation," said Sheriff Jerry Sauve. "They exercised valor and their training and acted appropriately from everything I have reviewed so far in this investigation."

Deputy Lincoln is on administrative leave. The state Department of Justice is investigating the case and plans to release a report in several days.

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