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Wausau area community works to move forward after tragedy

Posted at 7:54 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 10:13:53-04

The investigation into the deadly shootings in Marathon County could take months to come to a close according to the State's Department of Criminal Investigation.

The suspected shooter, Nengmy Vang allegedly shot and killed detective Jason Weiland" with the Everest Metro Police Department along with three others in a shooting spree.

Saturday morning, Vang also died from gunshot wounds he sustained during the shootout with police.

This week the Everest Metro Police Chief hung a picture of fallen officer Jason Weiland in the department lobby.  He's just one of four victims in a tragedy, but the chief says losing an officer is like losing a family member and the grieving process will not happen overnight, but he says the department and the community will move on.

"Healing takes time and recovery takes time but the support that the community has shown has gone so far in kind of accelerating that process and it means more to the officers than I could probably fully explain," said Chief Wally Sparks with the Everest Metro Police Department.

Many of the officers at the department are receiving counseling for that incident.

There will also be a public community healing event this Thursday at North Central Wisconsin Technical College in Wausau.  The event starts at 7:00 that evening and goes until 9:00.

 

MANY OF THE OFFICERS HERE ARE RECEIVING COUNSELING...AND THOSE INVOLVED ARE WORKING IN THE OFFICE UNTIL THE  INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE WHICH COULD TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS.