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Investigators: No charges filed in Appleton police shooting


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Investigators said Thursday that Appleton police did not break the law when they shot an armed shoplifting suspect last week on the city's south side.

At a news conference, the Green Bay Police Department and the Outagamie County District Attorney's Office unveiled their results. DA Carrie Schneider said that no charges will be filed against the officers involved in the April 10 incident, Sgt. Greg Pieper and Officer Brandon Edwards.

An update on the condition of the shooting victim, who's been identified by his sister Autumn Jacobs as Adam Jacobs, was not given. 

That night, officers responding to a shoplifting complaint at a gas station on South Oneida Street around 7 p.m. When cops arrived, they found Adam Jacobs in the 1300 block of South Monroe. He pulled out a gun, and refused officers' commands to drop it. Jacobs was then shot four times.

Investigators say the gun turned out to be an air soft gun, which had the orange tip filed off to look like a real gun. Officials also said that Jacobs told them he planned to commit suicide by being shot by police officers. 

The Appleton Police Department says they will perform their own study to ensure proper guidelines were followed. That's expected to take about two weeks.

Both Sgt. Pieper and Officer Edwards remain on administrative leave.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).