Man killed in Monroe County standoff identified, officers involved also ID'd

Man killed in Monroe County standoff identified, officers involved also ID'd

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TOWN OF LEON — The man killed last week in a Monroe County officer-involved shooting was identified Monday as Michael Lee Nguyen.

Nguyen, 32, was shot by police during a stand-off at The Cotter Pin, a restaurant and bar in the town of Leon.

Authorities responded to The Cotter Pin for a domestic violence call the evening of Nov. 5. Patrons were barricaded inside the business, and law enforcement officers negotiated with an armed man, identified as Nguyen, outside the business.

Monroe County sheriff’s deputies and a Sparta police officer shot the man. Officers immediately provided medical aid, but the man later died of injuries at a local hospital, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Three Monroe County Sheriff deputies and one Sparta Police officer were placed on administrative leave, per department policy. They were identified Monday as Sgt. Ryan Oswald, Deputy Jason Rice, Deputy Ethan Young and Officer Kyle Gurolski.

The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation and will turn over its report to the Monroe County district attorney once the investigation concludes.

No law enforcement personnel were injured.

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