Appeals court denies challenge to Crandon shooter's hiring
MADISON (AP) -- A state appeals court says the families of six people killed by a rogue police officer in Crandon can't challenge the county's decision to hire him.
The families contended in a lawsuit that Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Peterson suffered from mental disorders that left him prone to violence. They argue the county should have conducted psychological tests on him before he was hired, wrongly gave him an assault rifle and let him carry it off-duty.
A circuit judge dismissed the claims, saying the county is immune from such claims.
The 3rd District Court of Appeals agreed, noting the state Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that Wisconsin law protects government subdivisions from lawsuits challenging discretionary acts such as hiring.
The families' attorney didn't immediately return a message.