Man Killed in Police Shooting
Appleton-- An Appleton police officer has shot and killed a man, police say, was holding a gun. It happened at 120 East Spring Street just after 9 P.M. Friday. Appleton police say the officer was forced to fire because the suspect was a "threat" to the community. He died at the scene.
Appleton police say the officer involved, Sergeant Greg Pieper is a 14-year veteran and was sent to the home Friday night after a call about "illegal fireworks." About a minute after he arrived, the call changed drastically.
"Hectic," is a word to describe scene Friday night. "They had the place surrounded by police with assault rifles," recalls neighbor and friend of the suspect, John Joel. "Confused," describes how these neighbors feel. At a brief news conference, Appleton Police Chief Pete Helein described what happened after Sergeant Greg Pieper arrived, "Sergeant Peieper called out, that there was a man with a gun at the scene and he requested immediate emergency assistant."
Police say, the armed, 61-year-old suspect refused to drop his weapon and "one minute" after arriving on scene, Sgt. Pieper calls again. "At approximately 9:21 P.M. Sergeant Pieper used his police radio to announce he had fired his duty handgun at the suspect," stated Chief Helein.
Police have not identified the man. A bullet hole in the side of the home, is marked. Neighbor and friend John Joel hopes for more information on what happened.
Reporters were not allowed to ask questions at Saturday's news conference. Green Bay Police have taken over the investigation. As part of policy Sergeant Pieper was placed on administrative leave until the investigation is finished.