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Man shot by Wis. deputies a suspected meth dealer

  • Associated Press
  • February 13, 2014 - 3:20 PM

TOWN OF RED CEDAR, Wis. — A western Wisconsin man shot and killed by officers this week was suspected of dealing methamphetamine, according to a search warrant.

Authorities in Dunn County already had been investigating the 32-year-old man, whose name has not been released. An informant told law enforcement officials he'd been buying meth from the man for six to eight months, and he agreed to make an undercover purchase Tuesday.

After the informant bought $200 worth of meth, authorities served a search warrant on the suspect's Town of Red Cedar home early the next morning, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported (http://bit.ly/1opGAAN ).

They were looking for meth, drug paraphernalia, weighing devices and cash, according to the search warrant. They also were seeking cellphones, computers and weapons.

They entered the home Wednesday about 1:45 a.m. A confrontation followed and the suspect was shot, Smith said. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Smith didn't immediately return a message Thursday seeking details about what led to the confrontation and whether the man was armed. In a news release Thursday, the sheriff identified the suspect who was killed as Dennis Grohn and said no additional information would be released at this time.

The involved officers, who Smith declined to identify, have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, he said.

The investigation will be conducted by the state Department of Justice to ensure neutrality, Smith said.

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