Investigation ongoing in Walworth County shooting incident

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a Jan. 7 incident in which a hunter and his son claim they were shot at in Kettle Moraine State Forest.

“This remains an open investigation, therefore, we can’t comment beyond we’re still investigating it,” said Capt. Dana Nigbor. “We are fielding calls from the public and following up on those calls, but there is nothing new to report at this time.”

Detectives are looking into a report that two people between the ages of 50 and 60 were seen in the area shortly after the shooting took place. Authorities believe the couple might be able to provide information on the incident.

The sheriff’s office received a call at 8:25 a.m. Jan. 7, that reported a shooting at the intersection of Bluff and Tamarack roads in the town of LaGrange near the Walworth-Jefferson county line.

According to a sheriff’s office report, a hunter and his son said a man wearing camouflage and a hunter’s mask shot at them. Using a handgun, the shooter fired once at the father, nearly hitting him. The hunter returned fire, but authorities don’t know if the shooter was injured. Neither the hunter nor his son was hurt.

A seven-hour manhunt was held Jan. 7 involving units from Walworth, Rock, Waukesha, Racine and Jefferson counties, the Janesville Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information on the shooting call Det. Robert Craig at (262) 741-4425.

Last updated: 7:17 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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