Police shoot, kill naked carjacker armed with gun

Posted at 7:17 AM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 07:17:39-04

JOHNSON COUNTY, WI (WITI/CNN) – A naked man in Wisconsin was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting after he carjacked a man and led police on a chase.

Witness Matthew Vahl says he stopped at a Park ‘n Ride in Johnson County, WI, to call his sister during his lunch break. While he was on the phone, he noticed a man a few stalls down blasting music in his car but didn’t think anything of it.

A few minutes later, he looked in the mirror and noticed the same man walking around the lot – naked.

"I didn’t know what the heck was going on at that point, but I said, ‘I’m going to call 911,’” Vahl said.

While Vahl was on the phone with the dispatcher, he realized the man had a gun.

"I could tell he had a handgun in his hand. So, he’s standing there naked, and I see a gentleman get out of his car and then the naked guy get into his car and speed off,” Vahl said.

The suspect led police on a 25-mile pursuit, which ended when officers used stop sticks and popped the stolen car’s tires.

"As the vehicle gradually slowed down, the operator waved the gun out of the window toward officers on several occasions,” Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson said.

The driver exited the highway and pulled into an Arby’s parking lot at an outlet mall. The sheriff says the man then ran toward the restaurant, gun in hand.

"The suspect was ordered to stop. He failed to do so on multiple attempts, at which time he was shot by a deputy from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office and a police officer from the city of Delafield,” Severson said.

Life-saving measures were performed, but the man died at the scene.

Severson said he thinks the officers’ response was justified, but an investigation is ongoing.

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