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Authorities give news conference on fatal Appleton shooting

Posted: 4:31 PM, Jun 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-13 19:22:54-04
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APPLETON, Wis. — Appleton Police say more information will be released Thursday on the fatal shooting that killed firefighter Mitch Lundgaard and injured other people.

After a month-long investigation, authorities released more detailed information on the investigation into the fatal Appleton shooting that killed Firefighter Mitch Lundgaard.

At around 5:30 p.m. on May 15, police and fire crews were called to the Valley Transit Center in Appleton in response to a medical emergency on one of the transit busses. They went there to try and save the life of Rubin Houston who had overdosed on morphine. They administered Narcan, a drug given in a last resort effort to save someone from an overdose death.

When Houston came to, officers tried to search him for any harmful weapons or drugs, but he refused and got agitated. That's when authorities say Rubin Houston pulled a small gun from his side and started firing.

Houston shot at officers 5 times. Officer Paul Christensen shoot back 8 times. The investigation concluded that neither officer involved in the shooting will be charged for using deadly force. The investigation proved deadly force was justified.

Officer Lungaard died of his injuries. Officer Christensen and a female bystander were also shot. They have since recovered.