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Prosecutor: No charges filed in officer-involved shooting in Wautoma

Authorities investigate a home on S. Water St. in Wautoma Aug. 15, 2013, one day after a robbery suspect broke into the home and held officers at bay. (Photo by: FOX 11).
Authorities investigate a home on S. Water St. in Wautoma Aug. 15, 2013, one day after a robbery suspect broke into the home and held officers at bay. (Photo by: FOX 11).

WAUTOMA, WI (WTAQ) - Criminal charges will not be filed in an officer-involved shooting in Wautoma this summer.

Special prosecutor Tania Bonnett, the Adams County District Attorney, made that determination after conducting an investigation.

Back on August 14, 33-year-old Timothy Pawlacyk was found dead after a standoff with officers. Pawlacyk had allegedly robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint, then led officers on a chase into Wautoma.

Bonnett’s investigation showed that Waushara Co. Sheriff’s Lt. Timothy Ganzel fired a shot at the covered cab portion of Pawlacyk’s truck to try to disable the vehicle. When his vehicle got stuck in a construction area, Pawlacyk got out and ran.

Investigators also say that, during the chase, Det. Lt. Randy Thurley saw Pawlacyk point what looked like a handgun at him. Thurley fired several shots at Pawlacyk. Thurley then saw Pawlacyk breaking in to a house. Thurley fired three rounds at Pawlacyk. Investigators believe one of the shots hit the back of Pawlacyk’s right leg, breaking his femur.

Pawlacyk was holed up in the house for several hours. The owners of the house were away on vacation.

Later that night, SWAT teams went into the house and found Pawlacyk dead in the basement. He had a rifle between his legs and an apparent gunshot wound to his head. After an autopsy, the Fond du Lac County medical examiner’s office determined that Pawlacyk shot himself. Tests showed he had high levels of oxycodone and oxymorphone in his blood.

Blood samples from Thurley and Ganzel were negative for any alcohol, controlled substances or prescription drugs.

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