De Pere Police Actions Called Appropriate in Fatal Shooting
Updated: May 11, 2011 6:09 PM CDT
By Taky Ono
De Pere police say four officers involved in a shooting back in March responded appropriately when they shot and killed Daniel LeCleir, saying LeCleir's actions alone forced them to react.
Police released new details about the March 1st shooting.
Police responded to a call from LeCleir's estranged wife that he was suicidal and possibly armed at a house on the 2200-block of Samantha Street. Police attempts to talk to LeCleir were unsuccessful.
When he left the home in his car, police stopped him. They say he got out of the car with a shotgun pointed at the ground.
"Dan then said something to the effect of, 'Which one of you is going to shoot first?' or, 'Which one of you am I going to shoot first?'" Police Chief Derek Beiderwieden said.
"There were numerous commands to drop the gun, put your hands on the windshield, on the window, it's not worth it, it's something to live for, we'll help you," Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski said.
When LeCleir began lifting the gun toward the officers, police say that's when the situation escalated.
"De Pere officers then fired 15 rounds from four different weapons simultaneously towards Dan, hitting him, and Dan fell to the ground," Chief Beiderwieden said.
LeCleir died at the scene.
Police found one round in his shotgun.
According to witness and officer accounts, firing at LeCleir was the correct response.
"At the point where Mr. LeCleir began to bring the gun up and began to point it directly at one of the officers, they really were left with no choice at that point," Zakowski said.
Tests showed LeCleir had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit and had also taken high amounts of depression medication prior to the incident.