Officials said the officers were justified in firing back, fatally wounding the suspect.
Photo credit: Tomah Police Department
TOMAH, Wis. --
Tomah authorities are still investigating whether a suspect killed by officers last month is connected to at least 10 shootings along Interstate 39/90 in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Tomah police fatally shot Seth McCloskey, 28, during a traffic stop in Tomah on Friday. Police said McCloskey jumped out of his pickup truck and started shooting, wounding one officer.
Authorities said the red truck matches one that witnesses have described in recent random drive-by shootings at homes and businesses across Wisconsin and Illinois.
One of those shots wounded Christine A. Hudson, 50, while she was inside her town of Albion home.
Officials in Wisconsin believe all the gunshots came from one vehicle traveling on the interstate. Bullets from seven shootings in Winnebago County, Ill., are being analyzed.
Tomah police have released squad car dashcam video showing a dramatic exchange of gunfire between McCloskey and officers.
Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary said the video shows officers were justified in firing back, fatally wounding the suspect.
"These officers performed admirably and did their duty. We should all be very proud of what they did. Although it was sad that Mr. McCloskey lost his life, these officers did what they needed to do," Cary said.
Tomah police said they stopped McCloskey when they thought he may be connected to an earlier drive-by shooting in Tomah.
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