[Rushtalk] Retired Judge Is Fatally Shot In A Attack On The Judicial System

Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Wed Jul 6 18:39:35 MDT 2022


Retired Judge Is Fatally Shot In A Attack On The Judicial System

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A former Wisconsin county judge was fatally shot in his New Lisbon home
on Friday, according to reports.

Former Juneau County Circuit Court Judge John Roemer, 68, was killed in
a “targeted attack” on the judicial system, the Department of Justice
explained in a statement.

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“Judge Roemer dedicated much of his career to public service in the
law,” Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler
said in a statement. “Before taking the bench in 2004, he had served as
an assistant district attorney and as an assistant state public
defender. He was known by colleagues for his sharp legal mind and his
willingness to share his time and knowledge with others.”

The incident occurred at around 6:30 am when the Juneau County Sheriff’s
Office received a call from someone nearby who saw an armed person and
heard gunshots fired in John Roemer’s residence.

After failed attempts to negotiate with the gunman, the Juneau County
Special Tactics and Response decided to enter the residence and found
Roemer zip-tied to a chair.

Police also found the suspect, a 56-year-old male, hiding in the
basement with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was
transported to a nearby medical facility.

“This incident appears to be a targeted act. There is no immediate
danger to the public. Names of the involved individuals are being
withheld until family notifications are complete,” the DOJ said in a

The station claimed that a “hit list” was found in the gunman’s vehicle,
which included the names of Governor Tony Evers, Michigan Governor
Gretchen Whitmer, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said that the suspect had selected
targets who were “part of the judicial system.”

“The information that’s been gathered indicated that it was a targeted
act and that the targeting was based on some sort of court case or court
cases,” Kaul said.

The Wisconsin DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the
investigation into the murder, along with the Sauk County Sheriff’s
Office, Mauston Police Department, Elroy Police Department, Wisconsin
State Crime Lab, Wisconsin State Patrol, DOJ’s Office of Crime Victim
Services, and the FBI.

The gunman is said to be alive but in critical condition and no further
information regarding his identity has been provided.


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