Motive Unknown: 1 arrested, 1 dead In Wisconsin Shooting & Standoff

  • by: Alan Duke

UPDATE: The man shot and killed by police outside a Neenah, Wisconsin, motorcycle shop was a hostage and not the gunman who took hostages Saturday, the owner of the shop told a news website Sunday.

Michael Funk, 60, "was a hostage coming out" Steve Erato told Post-Crescent Media on Sunday. "They shot him in the alley. They shot the wrong guy." Funk had been hiding in the basement before exiting the shop where he was shot by police who surrounded the building.

Read the full story: Police 'Shot The Wrong Guy' After Wisconsin Standoff: Shop Owners Says Dead Man Was Hostage

An active shooter who fired dozens of shots and held several hostages inside the Eagle Nation Cycles shop in the downtown area of Neenah, Wisconsin, was shot to death by police as he appeared to be surrendering but refused to drop his weapon Saturday. Investigators have not identified the dead man or revealed a suspected motive. The mayor estimated at least 30 shots were fired.

The active situation has been resolved. There is no danger to the community at this time. Barricades will remain in place as the investigation continues. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Posted by City of Neenah, Wisconsin Police Department on Saturday, December 5, 2015

The dead suspect, who had been armed with Mac-10 type weapon, told police he was alone with no other shooters, according to the transmissions. However, a second person, dressed on all black, was later taken into custody, according to Oshkosh TV station WLUK.

One suspect "has a history of alcoholism and possibly drugs," a dispatcher told officers.

Several people hide in the shop's basement during the shooting, police said.

A police office suffered a non-lifethreatening injury.

A bomb squad robot searched the building to make sure the suspect did not leave any explosive devices inside. Nothing was found.

Neenah is about 100 miles northwest of Milwaukee.


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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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