APPLETON - Two
Appleton police officers were justified in shooting a robbery
suspect, officials said.
Green Bay police
investigated the April 10th shooting of a 22-year-old man who they
said robbed an Appleton gas station armed with a non-lethal
Airsoft gun. The man survived the shooting, a news outlet reported
Friday. Police would not comment on his condition.
Green Bay Police
Capt. Todd Thomas says the man apparently was suicidal.
had spoken to people in the past about committing suicide and said
if he ever committed suicide he would do so by having officers
shoot him," Thomas said.
The Airsoft gun
appeared to be a lethal weapon, said Appleton Police Chief Pete
Helein. Airsoft guns are replicas of real guns and usually shoot
impossible for anyone, including a law enforcement officer, to
recognize the difference," Helein said. "These are
dynamic situations where an officer is recognizing, seeing,
hearing, processing that as it's occurring and taking an immediate
action to stop what they believe to be a lethal threat directed at
them or the rest of the community."
Based on the
Green Bay police investigation, Outagamie County District Attorney
Carrie Schneider said her office will not file charges against the
two officers, Sgt. Greg Pieper and Officer Brandon Edwards. The
officers remained on paid leave while Appleton police conducted an
internal investigation into whether they followed department