WI Officer Involved Shooting Justified: Self Defense

By KBJR News 1

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM CDT

Gordon, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- The Douglas County District Attorney's office has wrapped up its investigation into a douglas county sheriff officer involved shooting that took place in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.

After a nine month investigation, District Attorney Dan Blank determined that Lieutenant Chris Hoyt was justified in his use of deadly force in the death of 21-year-old Andrew Closson.

The incident began just before 2 in the morning on New year's day when authorities received a call of a domestic disturbance and gun fire in the town of Gordon.

It's there that Lieutenant Hoyt encountered Closson walking along Highway 53.

Given the seriousness of the situation, Hoyt repeatedly commanded Closson to show his hands.

Instead, Closson raised a rifle and pointed it directly at Hoyt.

That's when, according to the investigation, Officer Hoyt fired his gun three times in self-defense.

Closson was hit twice and brought to St. Luke's Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank says that Hoyt was faced with a deadly threat and responded reasonably in a manner consistent with his law enforcement training.

"Simply stated- it's self defense. Any person whether they are law enforcement or not has the right to defend themselves when there's a serious threat. The only time you can use deadly force in response is when you feel your life is in imminent danger "

Hoyt is a 22-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.
He was placed on administrative leave immediately after the shooting but has since returned to work.

Blank says he contacted Hoyt and Closson's family earlier this week regarding his decision.

He said it is a nightmare for everyone involved.

Blank says he sympathizes with Lieutenant Hoyt, his family friends and fellow law enforcement officers for the aftermath of this life or death encounter.

He also expressed his sincere sympathy to Andrew Closson's family and friends for their tragic loss.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati