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24-year-old officer in fatal shooting put on leave


A 24-year-old Neillsville policeman has been placed on administrative leave after he fatally shot a 23-year-old man during an early-morning disturbance, authorities said Monday.

Officer Aaron Bembnister responded to a disturbance at a home in Neillsville about 2:30 a.m. Friday and was confronted by Ricky Taylor, said James Backus, chief deputy of the Clark County Sheriff's Department, which is conducting an investigation into the shooting.

"Taylor was ultimately shot after approaching the officer and being advised numerous times to drop the knife," Backus said in a statement.

Taylor's mother, Jolynn Ashmore, said Taylor came home drunk, some things got heated and she called police for some help.

Ashmore said the officer fired multiple shots. Investigators have not said how many shots were fired or what kind of knife Taylor was brandishing.  

A Neillsville woman is asking tough questions tonight about why her son was shot by police.

Neillsville police say an officer shot and killed an armed man during a dispute at a house. It happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

Jolynn Ashmore says her 23-year-old son was shot and killed by Neillsville police. Ashmore said things got heated when her son came home drunk. She says she called police for some help but never thought this would happen.

According to a news release by Clark County Sheriff's Department, a Neillsville police officer arrived at the home and was confronted by a man with a knife. The chief deputy says the officer told the man to drop the knife multiple times, and he did not. Police say that's when the officer shot him. The 23-year-old was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. Ashmore says she watched the officer fire multiple shots at her son from inside her house.

"They could have tasered him, they could have tried to talk him down, the officer had back up out there and coming, they could have talked him down, they did not need to shoot him," questioned Ashmore. "Why, why did a 23 year old boy have to get shot on his own porch? It wasn't necessary."

The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation is also helping the Clark County Sheriff's Department in the investigation.

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