Adams County Deputy, victim identified
FOR CITY TIMES
STRONGS PRAIRIE – State investigators have identified the armed man who died earlier this month, and the Adams County Deputy who shot and killed him. The incident occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the town of Strongs Prairie.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Deputy Jacob Bean was dispatched to a report of an individual walking in the roadway, and subsequently located Bryon Childers, 61, on Cumberland Avenue in the Township of Strongs Prairie. Deputy Bean was made aware of active felony warrants against Childers when he arrived on the scene. Deputy Bean proceeded to make contact with Childers, who then brandished a firearm. Deputy Bean discharged his firearm, striking Childers, who died at the scene.
A firearm was recovered at the scene and Deputy Bean was equipped with a body-worn camera. No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident. The press release did not indicate whether the man pointed his weapon at the officer, and it also did not indicate what type of weapon the man was carrying.
Per department policy, Deputy Bean has been placed on administrative assignment during the ongoing investigation.
DCI is leading the investigation and is assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, DCI Crime Response Specialists, and Adams County Medical Examiner’s Office. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during the investigation. DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of the incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Adams County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.