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Ashwaubenon fatal shooting: Expert explains how crisis negotiation works

Expert explains crisis negotiation process following deadly shooting in Ashwaubenon
Posted at 9:43 PM, Oct 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 23:13:17-04

ASHWAUBENON (NBC 26) — A local expert explains the crisis negotiation process following a deadly shooting Thursday in Ashwaubenon.

Police found two people dead in a garage in the 2300 block of Cedar Ridge Road after they responded to a welfare check Thursday morning. Police said they heard a scuffle in the garage and heard multiple shots fired.

Police said the Brown County SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were called to attempt contact with the people inside. After multiple attempts without success, police said the SWAT team decided to place a camera inside the garage. They saw two people lying on the floor who appeared to be dead. The SWAT team entered the property and confirmed the two individuals were deceased, according to police.

Ignacio Enriquez, Ascent Consulting owner/founder, is an expert in crisis negotiation. He said law enforcement collects information throughout the entire process, whether contact is made or not.

"It's a constant to try to figure out, what is our best approach here," Enriquez said. "Scenes like this, or instances like this, are very dynamic. The more information we have available, it becomes beneficial in helping the guidance of law enforcement."

Enriquez said there are several pieces negotiators gather, including history with the people involved and information from witnesses or neighbors. He said this information is crucial to the negotiation process.

"If we are taking a different approach, pressing the situation, is that going to keep people safe? Is it that we need to approach the situation to preserve life? Then that's something that we need to consider," Enriquez said.

He said situations like the shooting deaths in Ashwaubenon are very difficult for police and everyone involved. Enriquez said he hopes the community and family of the deceased will heal.