Deputy on administrative leave after Plover shooting
Portage County (WAOW) -- Portage County Sheriff's office confirms Deputy Tony Gischia is on paid administrative leave while an investigation into a Plover shooting continues.
Investigators say Gischia was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed a masked intruder.
Plover police say Charles Jameson, 30, broke into the deputy's home and covered it in what they described as “flammable liquid.” The home is located on the corner of Easlan and Cedar drive in Plover. Now, the neighborhood is recovering.
During the early morning hours on Saturday May 17th, Plover Police Chief Dwayne Wierzba says officers swarmed the house.
“We were notified there was an intruder inside the residence and a shooting had occurred," explained Wierzba.
The chief says Jameson broke into Portage County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Gischia's home. Authorities say Jameson covered the home in an accelerant and was planning on setting it on fire.
“The deputy and the other individual came home and found the intruder inside,” explained Wierzba. “A scuffle ensued and subsequently the masked intruder was shot and killed."
Multiple agencies from across the state helped with the investigation. The case has been turned over to the State Department of Criminal Justice.
“We helped with security of the scene and a little bit of the initial part of the investigation, but the investigation itself is being handled by the state," said Wierzba.
A spokesperson for the DOJ would not comment on a possible motive. But, the chief says Jameson knew Deputy Gischia and the other person at the home. They were not hurt.
“It's always difficult for people that you know, whether its a family member or a brother officer from another agency or within your own agency,” said Wierzba.
No one from the Portage County Sheriff's Department would make a comment.
We did reach out to Jameson's family to see if they'd like to comment. But, attempts to contact them were unsuccessful.