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Identities, timeline released in Marinette County shooting deaths


POUND, WI (WTAQ) - Marinette County authorities have named the two shooting victims from a bizarre incident in the Town of Pound Monday night.

The sheriff's department has also released their timeline of events.

At 10:09 p.m., a 911 call was made by 26-year-old Tyler S. Walk of Marinette from his aunt and uncle's cabin on North 5th Road in the Town of Pound. Walk told authorities he had seen a suspicious armed man at the cabin two miles east of Coleman.

At 10:16 p.m., a second 911 call was made regarding Walk crashing his truck into a nearby house. When deputies arrived, they discovered Walk had suffered a gunshot wound. He was taken to a Marinette hospital, then to a Green Bay hospital where he died.

Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says the man who shot walk was 76-year-old Manfred M. Eisenheim of North 5th Road in Pound. Sauve says they've learned that Eisenheim suffered from mental illness.

"We've been told by neighbors and family members that there have some issues and I'll leave it at that," says Sauve. "I'm not a mental health professional; I'm just going by what I'm told."

Walk was able to provide a description of Eisenheim and his vehicle.

Neighbors in the area were evacuated at 11:13 p.m. 

At 12:50 a.m., Eisenheim was located inside his SUV nearby. That's when deputies spotted guns inside that vehicle. Five minutes later, Eisenheim shot the gun and pistol observed in vehicle.

By 1 a.m., the doors to Eisenheim's vehicle were locked. Then at 1:13 a.m. on Tuesday morning July 2nd, three deputies opened fire and killed Eisenheim following repeated attempts to get him to drop his weapon.

Sauve says that more and more, officers are responding to very difficult situations and having to make difficult decisions and it's not easy work.

"I think I'm becoming more and more comfortable with this investigation that they acted appropriately," says Sauve. "And therefore I'm proud of what they did because that's what they're trained to do."

Sauve identified the deputies involved as Robert Amundson, Jesse Parker and Steven Schmidt. They have been placed on administrative leave while the state Department of Justice investigates the use of force.

The 911 call will not be released publicly, says Sauve, "out of respect for the grieving families."

Sauve, who knows the Walk family, calls it a sad situation.

"Mr. Walk died as a result of the homicidal actions by an elderly gentleman that we're learning had some mental issues," says Sauve. "I think it's a situation of wrong place, wrong time."