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UPDATE: Man involved in Adams Co. shooting dies


Adams County authorities say the man involved in a shooting in the town of Big Flats has died.

Sheriff's Department officials say Thomas Costigan, 55, died early Wednesday evening. He shot himself on Tuesday night in the town of Big Flats.

Authorities say Costigan was involved in an incident that left an Adams County deputy shot. That deputy has been identified as Todd Johnson, 43. Officials say he is in the hospital, but is expected to recover.

Newsline 9 learned this case spans multiple counties and involves reports of a missing person.

Adams County Sheriff's officials say the incident began Tuesday night after they were called to a house because of suspicious activity.

"The caller also stated that there were footprints leading up to the residents, and that there were not lights on at the residence," Adams County Sheriff Sam Wollin said.

Wollin tells Newsline 9 when officers arrived, Thomas Costigan was inside.

"Verbal commands were given by the officers, at which time the subject presented a handgun, fired several rounds in the direction of the officers," Wollin said.

That's when Deputy Todd Johnson was shot.

The sheriff says it does not appear that officers fired back, and Costigan shot himself.

"The sheriff's deputy and the subject were transported to an area hospital and remain under medical care," Wollin said.

It appears this case is related to another case in West Allis, near Milwaukee. Police there say they received reports of a missing woman under suspicious circumstances.

It was reported she may have been taken by her husband, Thomas Costigan, to Adams County.

West Allis Police reported those two were found Tuesday night and that Costigan was involved in the shooting. The Adams County Sheriff tells us the woman was found inside the house and is doing ok.

As for Deputy Todd Johnson, he's expected to recover. The Adams County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate with the help of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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