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Janesville police sifting through clues in weekend shooting

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Catherine W. Idzerda
June 7, 2010
— Two bald, white males with goatees on Harley-Davidson-like motorcycles.

That’s not a lot to go on, but Janesville police are using that description—and every other scrap of information they have—to find the person responsible for the death of Samuel M. Aegerter.


Aegerter, 30, of 1113 N. Osborne Ave., Janesville, was shot about 11:45 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Palm and West Court streets.


Aegerter was in the back seat of a Jeep Wrangler-type vehicle that was stopped on West Milwaukee Street at the Five Points intersection, heading west, when the incident began, police reported.


Two men on motorcycles were in the left-turn lane of West Milwaukee Street and exchanged words and hand gestures with the men in the Jeep, police said.


The Jeep’s driver drove straight onto West Court Street, and the two motorcyclists, instead of turning left, followed the Jeep.


One of the motorcyclists fired several shots from a handgun, striking Aegerter in the neck.


Aegerter was transported to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:52 a.m.


Police are not releasing the names of the driver or the other passenger in the vehicle.


Detectives and patrol officers have been working at the scene and in the office since the shooting.


“In this particular incident, the information we have starts out very limited; it does present challenges,” said Janesville Deputy Police Chief Dan Davis.


The victim and the shooter apparently didn’t know each other.


Nothing indicates that the shooter was in a gang, Davis said.


On a positive note, the timing of the shooting helped investigators.


“The patrol response was exceptional,” Davis said. “It was Friday night in the summer time, when it’s very busy. Our third shift officers were just starting their tour of duty, and some of the second shift officers were available.”


The department was able to throw “an entire shift” at the investigation, Davis said.


Detectives are sifting through the information they’ve received.


“We’re very pleased with the response from the community,” Davis said.


Police are still hoping to contact the occupants of a white or off-white vehicle that was behind the motorcycles at the Five Points intersection.


“We think they would have been in closest proximity to both parties,” said Davis. “They might have seen or heard something that could help us.”


That information could help the police include or exclude clues they already have.



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