TWO RIVERS (NBC 26) -- The Manitowoc County District Attorney has determined a Two Rivers police officer was justified in his use of deadly force during a Nov. 4 traffic stop.
During the traffic stop on Washington Street, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation said Police Officer Dakota Gamez fired his weapon, striking Nash W. Fiske, a passenger in the vehicle.
The DOJ said firearms were recovered at the scene. Fiske died from his injuries at the hospital. No officers were hurt during the incident.
Officer Gamez has nearly 3 years of service with Two Rivers Police Department, the DOJ said.
William Langrick, the driver involved, is facing criminal firearm and drug charges related to the traffic stop that preceded the shooting.
The criminal complaint doesn't mention the shooting, but it said during the traffic stop Officer Gamez noticed the smell of marijuana. The complaint said Langrick was questioned about the odor.
A search of the vehicle revealed a bag with four glass jars containing raw marijuana inside, as well as plastic sandwich bag of marijuana in the glove compartment, the criminal complaint said.
Langrick admitted to knowing there were two handguns inside the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint, which also said Langrick gave a handgun to Fiske while at a gas station shortly before the traffic stop.