Identities Released in Man and Officer Involved Shooting in Gordon, WI

By KBJR News 1

Identities Released in Man and Officer Involved Shooting in Gordon, WI

January 2, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- The identities of the man who died at a Duluth hospital after being shot by a Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy in Gordon, Wisconsin, has been identified.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department says that 21 year old, Andrew L. Closson, was confronted by Deputy Patrol Lt. Chris Hoyt, a 21 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, on Highway 53 just before 2 AM.

They say Closson allegedly pointed a rifle at Officer Hoyt. Hoyt defended himself, shooting the suspect.

"I went to grab the gun from him, I wanted to get it away from him and he backed up right away and pointed it at me."

Preceding the officer related shooting, Closson's neighbor, Randy Aull, paints a frightening picture.

"I'm sure he had too much alcohol and he wanted to go for a ride and they told him no and he flipped," said Aull, inside him Gordon home.

Aull's daughter, who was friends with Closson, said he was distraught about a recent break up, and was attempting to drive to his ex-girlfriend's house.

According to Aull and his daughter, Closson's family wouldn't allow him to drink and drive, and that's when the situation turned dangerous.

He describes Closson as a good kid, displaying unusual behavior entering 2013.

"He was on the phone and he kept on saying, "I want to die, I want to die," and I looked at him and said, "I'm just taking the kids out of here, they don't need to see this."

Hoyt has been placed on administrative leave as is standard department policy.

The incident remains under investigation.