Police: Suspect in Ashland Homicide allegedly shot at officer

By KBJR News 1

December 20, 2013 Updated Dec 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM CDT

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) --As new details emerge on what police are calling a gruesome murder in Ashland, bail for the teenaged suspect is set at a quarter million dollars.

The 14-year-old boy is facing charges of murder in the death of his 52 year old custodial father and attempted murder in connection with an assault on his custodial mother.

Ashland police responded one minute after the initial 9-1-1 call came in Monday night. Authorities say the suspect, a 14-year-old boy, opened fire when officers got to the house.

"Officers engaged the subject by firing their weapon at the subject, the subject then fired back at the officer, the officer fired again," said Ashland Police Captain Jim Gregoire.

The boy retreated into his house where officers heard an additional gunshot. The suspect suffered a wound to the abdomen, which police believe was self-inflicted.

"the suspect then exited the rear of the house onto the deck, where officers gave commands, which he obeyed, and he was taken down," said Captain Gregoire.

but not before police say he allegedly brutally murdered his custodial father William Saari at their home at 1806 Cary Street.

"The cause of death is due to Several gunshot wounds and several stab wounds," said Ashland Police Chief, Greg BeBeau.

The suspect is being held at a juvenile detention center in Wisconsin facing charges of first degree intentional homicide and attempted homicide. Authorities say he also tried to attack Saari's wife Carol.

Bail has been set for the suspect at $250,000

Authorities say the suspect has been ordered not to have contact with anyone living in the home at which the crime took place

Captain Gregoire said the officer involved in the shooting incident with the suspect is a 20-year veteran of the Ashland Police Department. That officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal protocol in an incident such as this.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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