Police: Man dead after Appleton officer-involved shooting, no officers hurt

Posted at 7:34 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 17:10:48-04

UPDATE: The Appleton Police Department has identified the five officers involved in the incident occurring on South Matthias Street Monday evening. Police also have released the name of the man who died in the incident.

On May 7, 2018, at about 6:05 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance with a weapon call at a single family residence located in the 100 block of South Matthias Street. An adult man armed with a shotgun, confronted officers outside of the residence. Five Appleton Police Department officers fired at least one round each in response to the threat. The total number of rounds fired will be determined through the ongoing investigation.

The man who died at the scene, has been identified as 50-year-old David J. Robinson, who lived at the residence. Robinson’s autopsy was completed Tuesday in Milwaukee.

The following Appleton Police Department officers were involved in the incident: Officer Nathan Hoffman, who has worked for the department for 6 years; Officer Brandon Schnese, who has worked for the department for 3 years; Sgt. Ryan Schroeder, who has worked for the department for 9 years; Officer Frank Wychgram, who has worked for the department for 2 years, and Officer Tom Zieman, who has worked for the department for 5 years.

In accordance with the Appleton Police Department’s policy on Officer Involved Critical Incidents, the officers are currently on administrative assignment. The Appleton Police Department thanks the Wisconsin State Patrol, Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, Fox Valley Metro Police Department, Grand Chute Police Department, Appleton Fire Department, Ziemann Counseling and Wellness, Gold Cross, Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response and the Wisconsin Professional Police Association for their assistance during the incident.

Police anticipate the next update on the incident will occur after the investigation is concluded and has been reviewed and decided upon by the Outagamie County District Attorney. Following proper investigative and police procedures, and in accordance with state law, no body camera video, audio transmissions, or any other part of the investigative file will be released at this time. A future determination, regarding the release of additional information, will be made following the investigation of the incident and the Outagamie County District Attorney’s review of the investigation.

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A man with a shotgun who confronted police in Appleton Monday night died after officers fired at him during the incident, according to Appleton Police Sgt. David Lund.

Police responded just after 6 p.m. to the 100 block of S. Matthias St. for a report of a disturbance involving a weapon, Lund said.

Officers were met outside the location by the man with a shotgun, Lund said. 

Officers fired on the man, who died, Lund said.

No officers were hurt.

Lund read from a prepared statement Monday night and did not take questions from reporters.  The man who died was not identified.

Lund said the incident was isolated and neighboring residents are not in danger.

Appleton Police have asked the Green Bay Police Department to investigate the situation, Lund said.