Media Release – February 15th

City of Fond du Lac Police Department Media Release
February 15, 2023
For Immediate Release

City of Fond du Lac Police Deploys Less Lethal Impact Munitions

Fond du Lac, WI: On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 3:20 p.m. the City of Fond du Lac Police Department responded to the 100 block of 6th Street for a report of a 40-year-old male Fond du Lac resident wanted on a felony probation warrant from a 1st Degree Reckless Homicide, Party to Crime. The suspect left the area prior to FDLPD Officers arrival.

Around 5:10 p.m. FDLPD Officers observed the suspect on a bike riding westbound on 6th Street. The suspect stopped however was not compliant with any verbal directions. The suspect armed himself with two larger rocks (chunks of concrete) and started making threats to harm the FDLPD Officers.

The suspect threw one rock at a FDLPD squad car and then threw another rock striking a FDLPD Officer in the leg. The suspect walked towards the FDLPD Officers and threw his bike towards a squad car before arming himself again with a chuck of concrete and making threats of violence towards the FDLPD Officers on scene.

A FDLPD Officer deployed a 40mm less lethal impact round striking the suspect in the leg. The suspect dropped to the ground and was taken into custody without further incident. The FDLPD Officer that was struck by the concrete received minor injuries. A separate FDLPD Officer received a minor hand injury while taking the suspect into custody. Both FDLPD Officers remained on-duty.

The 40-year-old male suspect was transported to St. Agnes (SSM Health) for medical clearance before being taken to the Fond du Lac County Jail on several criminal charges in addition to the probation warrant.

The investigation into this incident is at the preliminary stages and remains under active investigation. No further details or information are being released at this time.

Chief Aaron Goldstein stated, “Our Department is committed to our mission to provide service, protection, and leadership to all people. Our goal in any situation is to de-escalate and bring a peaceful resolution so that everyone is safe. Even when Officers attempt to de-escalate a situation, sometimes factors beyond the control of an Officer can result in force becoming necessary. The use of less lethal impact munitions provides additional options to our Officers in order to help resolve high-stress violent encounters while reducing the risk of injury to the suspect and Officers.”

The City of Fond du Lac Police Department was assisted by the City of Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue.