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10-09-07, 03:56 PM #1
More About The Shooting In Wisconsin
Deputy Rebuffed and Taunted Before Shooting --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CRANDON, Wis. - A young sheriff’s deputy who opened fire on a pizza party and killed six people reportedly flew into a rage when he was rebuffed by his old girlfriend and others at the gathering called him a “worthless pig.”
A longtime friend told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday that 20-year-old Tyler Peterson came to his door in the hours after the rampage and calmly explained what he had done.
“He wasn’t running around crazy or anything. He was very, very sorry for what he did,” Mike Kegley told the newspaper, adding that he gave Peterson coffee and food and later called 911.
Peterson told Kegley that he had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s house early Sunday morning in hopes of patching up the relationship after a recent breakup. But, he said, Peterson lost control when the meeting ended in an argument and other people started ridiculing him as a “worthless pig.”
Kegley declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press.
Police, who declined to provide details of the argument, said Peterson stormed out, retrieved an AR-15 rifle from his car outside and burst back into the house firing 30 shots that killed all but one of the people at the party.
“We had no idea, obviously, that anything like this would ever occur,” Crandon Police Chief John Dennee said at a news conference Monday.
Peterson, a deputy and part-time police officer, later died after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers. Whether Peterson was shot by police or took his own life was unclear.
Community: Why hire so young?
The rampage raised questions in the remote northern Wisconsin community of 2,000 about how Peterson could have met requirements to become a law enforcement officer, especially after police acknowledged Monday that Peterson received no psychological screening before he was hired.
Some questioned the wisdom of hiring someone so young.
“No person that I’ve ever known at 20 years old was responsible enough to be a police officer,” said Steve Bocek, of Oak Creek, whose nephew Bradley Schultz was killed. “It’s unbelievable. You don’t have the mind to be a police officer. It takes a lot.”
But Crandon city attorney Lindsay Erickson said age doesn’t matter as long as officers do their jobs well. Peterson testified for her in several cases. He wrote good reports and was “true to his job,” she said.
“From what I saw of him, I didn’t see any warning signs or red flags,” Erickson said.
Shooter was hired when he was 19
Peterson was hired as full-time deputy sheriff on Sept. 11, 2006, at the age of 19, according to personnel records released by the Forest County clerk. His yearlong probation ended last month.
Dr. Phil Trompetter, a police psychologist in Modesto, Calif., estimated at least 80 percent of states require psychological testing of prospective officers.
“Wisconsin must be in a very small minority of states,” he said.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Standards Board requires only that applicants be free of any emotional or mental condition that might hinder them in their duties. It does not say how that is determined.
No nationwide standards
No formal national standards exist for hiring police, although individual states are adopting requirements such as mandatory psychological tests, said Craig Zendzian, author of several guidebooks for police applicants.
In Minnesota, for example, police officers must be licensed by the state Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training — a process that includes an evaluation by a licensed psychologist.
At the news conference, which gave the most detailed explanation yet of the shooting, the police chief said Peterson and the young woman had been in a relationship for a few years.
“They had broken up and gone back and forth,” Dennee said.
After the attack, in phone conversations with the police chief and others, Peterson identified himself as the shooter, authorities said.
The rifle used in the shootings is the type used by the sheriff’s department, but investigators had not confirmed whether the gun came from law enforcement.
Classes canceled as students mourn
The six young people killed in the rampage were either students or graduates of Crandon High School. They were at the house to share pizza and watch movies during the school’s homecoming weekend. Classes were canceled Monday, and many teens went to a church to meet with counselors.
The other victims were identified as Jordanne Murray, who was believed to be the girlfriend; Katrina McCorkle; Leanna Thomas; Aaron Smith; and Lindsey Stahl. Autopsies were scheduled to be completed Monday, but results were not immediately available.
Schultz, 20, was a third-year criminal justice major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who hoped to be a homicide detective. He was home visiting friends and appeared to have died trying to protect one.
“We still don’t have many details, but from what they’ve told us, there was a girl next to him and he was covering her, protecting her,” said an aunt, Sharon Pisarek, as she sobbed. “He was loved by everybody. He was everybody’s son. Senseless.”
The lone survivor, Charlie Neitzel, 21, of Pickerel, was upgraded to serious condition and was improving Monday at a hospital.
Pastor Bill Farr read a statement from Peterson’s family in which relatives expressed their shock and sorrow.
“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and their friends. We are grieving for your losses. We feel a tremendous amount of guilt and shame for the acts Tyler committed,” it said.
It continued: “We may never receive the answers we all seek. Like those close to Tyler we are in shock and disbelief that he would do such terrible things. This was not the Tyler we knew and loved.”
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10-09-07, 08:07 PM #2
Deputy Shot Himself 3 Times
CRANDON, Wis. — An off-duty sheriff's deputy who killed six people apparently shot himself three times, with the last shot hitting him in the right side of the head, the state attorney general said Tuesday.
Tyler Peterson, 20, shot himself twice under the chin before firing the third and fatal shot, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. Peterson also was shot once in the left biceps from a distance.
The six people who died early Sunday were either students or recent graduates of Crandon High School, where Peterson also had graduated. They were at the house to share pizza and watch movies during the school's homecoming weekend.
Peterson died in the woods near a friend's home in Argonne. The lone survivor was scheduled for surgery Tuesday.
Van Hollen said Peterson went to Jordanne Murray's home about 2 a.m. and argued with her after accusing her of dating someone else. Murray demanded Peterson leave, and he did, only to return with an AR-15 rifle.
"He didn't speak, he simply opened fire," Van Hollen said.
Investigators found three bodies on or next to a couch _ Lindsey Stahl, 14; Aaron Smith, 20, and Bradley Schultz, 20. Murray, 18, was found in the kitchen.
Lianna Thomas, 18, was found in a closet, and Katrina McCorkle, 18, was just outside it. Both had apparently been trying to hide, Van Hollen said.
The last person shot was survivor Charlie Neitzel, 21. He pleaded with Peterson after the first shot, only to have him fire again, Van Hollen said. Neitzel fell to the floor, where he lay still as Peterson fired a third time.
"Playing dead until Peterson left, Neitzel survived," Van Hollen said.
It wasn't clear whether Peterson was struck in the biceps before or after he shot himself.
The shootings devastated Crandon, a tight-knit town of 2,000, where many people knew at least one of the victims.
"It's an unbelievable, nightmarish thing," said Pastor Bill Farr of Praise Chapel Community Church, which all of the victims' families attend. "I keep thinking, like many of the families, that I'm going to wake up and this is not something that happened, that it's just going to be normal again. That's not going to be the case."
The victims' families have met with Peterson's family and "hold no animosity toward them," Van Hollen said.
The families, the church and the town's one funeral home were still working on funeral arrangements Tuesday. Farr's wife, Sjana Farr, said Peterson's family had requested his funeral be last out of respect for the victims' families.
Associated Press writer Carrie Antlfinger contributed to this report.
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10-09-07, 08:12 PM #3
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10-10-07, 03:12 AM #4
What a waste. 19-20 is to young & immature.
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10-10-07, 04:20 AM #5
First, let me say I strongly disagree with allowing someone his age to be a cop (for many reasons), period.
However, while I agree that this guy was way too immature to be a cop (due to his age), I think he had issues far deeper than immaturity that caused him to snap. Just because you're a young cop, it doesn't mean you're going to snap and kill a bunch of people.
10-10-07, 06:31 AM #6
I don't know, When I was 19 and 20 I acted like a 30+ year old. I've always been mature for my age. However, that's still too young to become a police officer in the state of Delaware so that's an issue that will never come up. This guy obviously had some problems to do something like that...Calm Like A Bomb...
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10-10-07, 10:55 AM #7
Eh, This guy definitely had problems.
Glad he was up north and not down south Wisconsin.
I live in Southern Wisconsin and I am 20 and currently looking for a job. Unfortunately I only have a couple years to find a job due to my academy. I find myself to be mature enough to be a cop. Hm...May you rest in peace Daddy and may you never hurt again. I love you and miss you and can't wait to see you again.
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10-10-07, 11:23 AM #9
How the F did he shoot himself in the head 3 times?
10-10-07, 11:39 AM #10
In Wisconsin, your certification expires if you aren't employed within 2 years of getting certified.
I won't expoud about the age thing again. This guy was a Nutbar and would have killed those people no matter what he did for a living. It's a shame that he was a cop, but the real shame is that he was too much of a coward to simply cap himself first.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
10-10-07, 11:47 AM #11An off-duty sheriff's deputy who killed six people apparently shot himself three times, with the last shot hitting him in the right side of the head, the state attorney general said Tuesday.
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10-10-07, 12:00 PM #12
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