Pictured: Detective Jason Weiland (Left) Sara Quirt Sann (Right)
Update: 5:20 p.m.
Wednesday’s shooting in the Wausau area evolved from a domestic violence incident, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The identities of the victims have also been released, and include 40-year-old Detective Jason T. Weiland of the Everest Metro Police Department.
Two of the victims were employees at Marathon Savings Bank, and were identified as 67-year-old Dianne M. Look and 62-year-old Karen L. Barclay. The other victim, 43-year-old Sara H. Quirt Sann, was a practicing attorney.
The suspect, a 45-year-old Weston man, was taken into custody after sustaining non-fatal gunshot wounds.
“He sustained non-fatal gunshot wounds and was provided emergency care by tactical officers at the scene because that’s what police do,” said Jason Smith of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Division.
According to the report, a call came in reporting an active shooter in Rothschild around 1:30 p.m. The investigation showed that the suspect allegedly visited Marathon Savings Bank, killing the two employees, and went to a nearby law office, killing one more. Police say the suspect barricaded himself inside an apartment, and exchanged gun fire with officers, before suffering the non-fatal wounds.
Weiland spent 18 years in law enforcement, and the last 15 with the Everest Metro Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children. A memorial fund has been set for the family, and donations can be directed to Intercity State Bank under the name “Weiland Memorial Fund.”
Look was a graduate of D.C. Everest High School and was a mother to two children. Look served as Branch Manager of Marathon Savings Bank since 1998. Look is also survived by her husband.
Barclay had been working at Marathon Savings Bank for over five years. She is survived by her daughter and two young granddaughters.
Quirt Sann was a life-long resident of Wausau where she was practicing law. She was described as a loving wife, daughter, sister, stepmom, aunt, and community servant.
“We worked throughout the night to process multiple crime scenes and conduct extensive interviews,” said Smith. “Even after that yellow tape comes down, there’s a long process of recovery.”
Marathon County Sheriff, Scott Parks, echoed the sentiments being shared by many.
“This community has demonstrated a wonderful display of care and compassion and support,” Parks said at Thursday’s press conference. “There have been many offers of food and more to those affected and the various agencies that are assisting in this investigation, but for those of us who live here and work here, that caring action is something that’s demonstrated every day in this community.”
Businesses that were affected by the shootings are closed until further notice. Sheriff Parks said those residents that had been displaced are now allowed to return to their place of residence.
Update: 12:20 p.m.
A press conference has been scheduled for 4 p.m. where there will be an update on yesterday’s shootings, according to the state Department of Justice.
It was confirmed three civilians and one Everest Metro Police Officer were killed, following a series of three deadly shootings near Wausau on Wednesday afternoon. Police say they believe one person acted alone and is in custody, and the public is no longer in danger.
The first shooting came at around 1:00 p.m when someone reported gunshots at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild.
Roughly 10 minutes later, there were reports of shots fired at Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks law office, located in Schofield, which authorities say is less than two miles from the bank.
Then at a third location, authorities were dispatched to Aspen Street Apartments, located about two miles from the law office.
D.C. Everest schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution for a few hours. Authorities also evacuated residents from one of the scenes.
“The law enforcement officers who responded to yesterday’s devastating shootings are our society’s most courageous leaders, and the officer with the Everest Metropolitan Police Department who lost his life protecting his community will forever be remembered a hero,” Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement. “I pray for the four victims, and their family, friends, and colleagues, as well as the countless law enforcement officers who restored peace and order to the Wausau community in the wake of these attacks and continue the difficult work of investigating this tragedy.”
Responding agencies to the scenes were the Everest Metro Police, Rothschild Police Department, Wausau Police Department, Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI,Wisconsin State Crime Lab, and Crime Victim Services.
Limited details are being released at this time. Another press conference is scheduled to be held on Thursday.
Below, the governor and local law enforcement agencies offer their condolences, regarding the shooting.
Tonette & I send our thoughts & prayers to family & friends of the 4 individuals taken by senseless violence in Marathon County yesterday. pic.twitter.com/kLUF9rqjat— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) March 23, 2017
It is with deep sorrow that we recognize the passing of our friend and fellow guardian. Thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/HXZaNDbGb3— Chief Kohl (@ShawanoChief) March 23, 2017
Please join us in keeping the men and women of the Everest Metro PD, and the family of their fallen Officer in your thoughts and prayers.— Fond du Lac Police (@fdlpolice) March 23, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with Everest Metro Police Department, and families and friends of all the victims of today's tragedy. pic.twitter.com/xaYep6aaMK— Winnebago County SO (@WCSO_Wisconsin) March 23, 2017