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DOJ investigates fatal officer-involved shooting in Elkhorn

A police squad car
A police squad car

ELKHORN, WI (WTAQ) - The state Justice Department is investigating a second shooting death this week that involved police officers in far southern Wisconsin.

Walworth County officials said 39-year-old Jeremiah Krubert of Elkhorn entered his mother’s house early Thursday and beat her boyfriend with a pipe.

A sheriff’s deputy saw Krubert trying to leave with the man’s truck -- and Krubert ended up stealing the deputy’s vehicle, which he crashed after a short chase. He then reportedly took a shotgun in the squad car, and walked toward three other deputies.

All three fired their guns, and Krubert fell to the ground and died.

His mother’s boyfriend, who’s 54, suffered extensive skull and facial damage. He was taken to an Elkhorn hospital before being transferred to a Milwaukee unit.

None of the four deputies were hurt. They’re on administrative leave, pending the outcome of investigations.

Both state and Walworth County officers are looking into the incident.

It happened two days after police in nearby Beloit shot a 23-year-old man to death. Authorities said he drove toward officers who boxed him in while they had him under surveillance.

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