MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has been leading an officer involved death investigation in Clark County, Wis. since Friday, May 11, 2018, at the request of Clark County Sheriff Greg Herrick
When law enforcement attempted to make a traffic stop on a man with a felony warrant, a high speed chase ensued that ended once stop sticks were deployed. The man, 51-year-old Kelly Gene Abbott of the Black River Falls area, exited the vehicle and presented a firearm. The subject and a Clark County sheriff’s deputy and a Loyal Police Department officer exchanged fire, and law enforcement struck the subject. No law enforcement officers were injured during the exchange.
Deputies and police rendered first-aid to the subject, and first responders transported the individual to an area hospital. The subject later succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
The following law enforcement officers were involved in this critical incident and have been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of this investigation, per the departments’ policies.
- Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Klemm, who has worked at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office since April 2017.
- Loyal Police Officer Jacob Schar, who has worked at the Loyal Police Department since May 2015.
The Wisconsin DOJ-led investigation of this incident has been a collaboration between DCI, Wisconsin State Patrol, Clark County Coroner, and UW Hospital. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Loyal Police Department have been fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.
DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Clark County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.
No additional details are available at this time.