A 33-year-old Redgranite robbery suspect died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a standoff with police that lasted hours, Waushara County Sheriff David Peterson said Thursday.
Timothy Pawlacyk was found dead in a Wautoma home about 11 p.m. Wednesday, some eight hours after a robbery of CHN Pharmacy in which the drug oxycontin was stolen at gunpoint, the sheriff said in a statement.
Pawlacyk was observed fleeing the pharmacy about 3:30 p.m. and getting into a vehicle before being confronted by an officer, Peterson said.
On two occasions, deputies fired shots in attempts to apprehend Pawlacyk and the suspect struck two squad cars with his vehicle before being forced to flee on foot, the sheriff said.
Pawlacyk broke into a home that was vacant because the people living there were out of town, Peterson said.
The home was surrounded by officers and nearby homes were evacuated before police forced their way inside and found Pawlacyk, Peterson said.
"There was no contact with the suspect from the time he entered the house until several SWAT and entry teams made entry into the house," Peterson said.
Exactly how many shots were fired during the chase of Pawlacyk and whether he was hit was not immediately known, Peterson said.
Two Waushara County sheriff's deputies who fired the shots were placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure while the incident is being investigated, Peterson said.
Deputies from five sheriff's departments, officers from eight police departments and agents from five state agencies descended on Wautoma to respond to the incident, Peterson said.
An autopsy was scheduled Thursday, the Associated Press reported.