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State identifies two people killed in Marinette Co. homicide, officer shooting

Posted at 10:38 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 11:39:33-04

MARINETTE COUNTY (NBC 26) -- Wisconsin authorities have released the names of two people killed in two incidents in Marinette County. Authorities say one incident was a homicide, the other an officer shooting.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice said two deaths occurred in Goodman on the evening of Friday, Oct. 23. At about 5 p.m., the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible homicide and responded to a Goodman residence.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, a suspect drove away from the scene. Authorities found Richard Gibbs, 62 of Milwaukee, dead in the home.

DCI said authorities chased after the suspect. According to DCI, the vehicle came to a stop, the person got out of the vehicle and pointed a firearm at law enforcement. Law enforcement fired at the man and DCI said he died from his injuries. He was identified as John Lipski, 62 of Milwaukee.

Law enforcement have confirmed that Gibbs and Lipski knew each other. DCI said Gibbs died of a gunshot wound, and said Lipski killed Gibbs.

No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.

The involved law enforcement from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on administrative assignment, per department policy. The involved officers are:

  • Lieutenant Barry Degnitz, 27 years in law enforcement
  • Deputy Sheriff Jesse Parker, 19 years in law enforcement
  • Deputy Sheriff Patrick Callahan, 4 years in law enforcement
  • Deputy Sheriff Dave Oginski, 15 years in law enforcement
  • Deputy Sheriff Steve Schmidt, 12 years in law enforcement

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the homicide. DCI is investigating the officer shooting and will turn over investigative reports to the Marinette County District Attorney when the investigation is finished.