Retired judge is fatally shot in a ‘targeted attack’ on the judicial system

Fox News reports that a retired judge from Wisconsin has been killed in what is being called a “targeted” attack on the judicial system.

The victim has been identified as 68-year-old John Roemer, a Wisconsin county judge who retired in 2017. Roemer was fatally shot in his New Lisbon home on Friday.

What happened?

Around 6:30 a.m., the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a call from someone nearby who saw an armed person and heard gunshots fired in Roemer’s residence.

Authorities proceeded to the residence. When they arrived, they attempted to negotiate with the gunman. But, the negotiations failed.

Around 10:17 a.m., the Juneau County Special Tactics and Response decided to enter the residence. Once inside, they found Roemer with a fatal gunshot wound zip-tied to a chair.

Inside the residence, authorities also found the suspect, a 56-year-old male. The suspect was in the basement with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Life-saving measures were performed, and the suspect was transported to a nearby medical facility.

The suspect is said to be alive but in critical condition. No further information about his identity has been provided.

What we know:

An investigation into the matter is currently being conducted by the Wisconsin DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Several other agencies are participating.

Authorities have revealed that they made a discovery at the scene of the crime that may provide some insight into the suspect’s motive. The discovery is being described as a “hit list.” 

This “hit list” was found in the vehicle of the male suspect. The list included the names of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

According to Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, the suspect selected targets who were “part of the judicial system.” Kaul said, “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.”

The Wisconsin DOJ similarly put out a statement, saying, “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.”

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