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Updated: Deputy and Deceased Identified in Fatal Shooting

Posted at: 01/01/2013 11:25 AM
Updated at: 01/02/2013 4:46 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Investigators say the dead man was shot and killed by a Douglas County deputy early on New Year's Day, in Gordon, WI.

According to the sheriff's office, they initially responded to a call of a domestic disturbance and the report of gun fire at a residence. 

The dead man was identified Wednesday as 21-year-old Andrew l. Closson.  The Douglas County Sheriff's deputy who authorities say shot Closson was identified as  Lt. Chris Hoyt. Sheriff Tom Dalbec declined a request for an interview, but in a press release said Closson fled the home where authorities were called and was located a short time later walking along Highway 53.

When confronted by Hoyt, the release says that Closson pointed a rifle at the deputy.

The release says Lt.  Hoyt fired his duty weapon and struck Closson, who was transported to a hospital in Duluth, and later died from his injuries.

No one was injured at the residence of the original domestic disturbance call.  

Hoyt has been placed on administrative leave, which the department says is standard policy in cases like this. The Douglas County sheriff's office says Hoyt is a 21-year veteran with their agency.

The WI Division of Criminal Investigation and Douglas Co. Sheriff's office are investigating.