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Wisconsin DOJ identifies suspect, victim in Goodman murder, officer-involved shooting incident

62-year-old Richard Gibbs of Milwaukee, died after being shot by 62-year-old John Lipski, also of Milwaukee, on Oct. 23.
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Published: Oct. 29, 2020 at 10:57 AM EDT
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GOODMAN, Wis. (WLUC) - The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has identified the men involved in the shooting incident in Goodman on Oct. 23.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice says officers responded to a report about a possible murder and a suspect at a home in Goodman at 5:00 p.m. Friday. As officers responded, the suspect drove away.

A man, now identified as 62-year-old Richard Gibbs of Milwaukee, was found dead inside the home.

Meanwhile, deputies chased after the suspect, identified as 62-year-old John Lipski, of Milwaukee. They say he stopped the car, got out and pointed a firearm at officers. The officers fired. Lipski died before he could be transported to a hospital.

No law enforcement officers were hurt in the incident.

Now, law enforcement officers have confirmed that Gibbs and Lipski knew each other.

“Mr. Gibbs died of a gunshot wound, and Mr. Lipski did perpetrate the murder of Mr. Gibbs,” the Wisconsin DOR said in a release Oct. 29.

Law enforcement from the Marinette County Sherriff’s Office who were involved in the incident were placed on administrative assignment, per department policy. Those officers are:

  • Lieutenant Barry Degnitz, 27 years in law enforcement
  • Deputy Jesse Parker, 19 years in law enforcement
  • Deputy Patrick Callahan, 4 years in law enforcement
  • Deputy Dave Oginski, 15 years in law enforcement
  • Deputy Steve Schmidt, 12 years in law enforcement

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of Gibbs. DCI is investigating the officer-inolved death of Lipski.

The DOJ DCI says all involved officers are fully cooperating in the investigation, which is ongoing.

No other information is being released at this time.

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