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Fatal shooting in Hammond

One of the deputies who shot Jacob Lee Sperl on Saturday night had been put on administrative leave after discharging his firearm in an incident a few years ago.

In the incident, the deputy fired his gun after a burglary suspect had attempted to run the officer over after stealing a vehicle, according to St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead.

The officers involved in the incident, a deputy in field training, and a veteran officer, had not been named as of Monday.

On Feb. 23, at approximately 11:02 p.m. the St. Croix County Sheriff's office was notified of a 911 call stating that Jacob Lee Sperl, 22, who resided at 1848 60th Ave. in rural Hammond had made suicidal threats and was armed with a shotgun.

The caller stated that they had been in phone contact with Sperl and that he had shells for the shotgun, was going to take his own life, and if the cops came up the driveway, it would be too late.

The caller indicated that Sperl's parents were in the residence and Sperl was outside the home. Deputies arrived at approximately 11:16 p.m.

The first deputies on the scene parked on the road and approached the residence on foot. As they were crossing the yard from the west, an unknown vehicle pulled into the driveway and stopped in front of the home.

Two individuals exited the vehicle and made contact with Sperl who was on the east side of the attached garage. The two deputies approached Sperl and the two individuals. Sperl moved away from the two individuals, reached down and picked up a shotgun from the ground.

Deputies yelled that Sperl had a gun, then ordered him several times to to put the gun down. Sperl ignored their verbal commands and raised the shotgun, pointing it at one of the deputies. At this time, both deputies discharged their weapons at Sperl, striking him.

Emergency medical personnel arrived and determined that Sperl was deceased. The shotgun had a round in the chamber and 19 additional rounds were found on Sperl. Both deputies were placed on administrative leave per department policy.

The incident remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff's office and the Pierce County Sheriff's office.