By Jalen Maki
LINCOLN COUNTY – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday, Jan. 28, that no charges will be brought against law enforcement personnel involved in a fatal shooting in the town of Pine River at the end of from last year.
The decision not to press charges came from Lincoln County District Attorney Galen Bayne-Allison.
According to the DOJ, on December 10, 2021, at approximately 6:33 a.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call for a subject with a knife at a residence on Shady Lane Ave. in the town of Pine River. Upon entering the residence, law enforcement encountered John ZA Moua, 28, armed with a knife, the DOJ said.
The DOJ said that upon entering the residence, Lt. Tyler Iverson of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office “discharged his firearm, striking Moua.”
“Law enforcement administered rescue efforts, as did EMS upon arrival, but Moua succumbed to his injuries at the scene,” the DOJ said.
No law enforcement personnel were injured in the incident.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office personnel who were involved in the incident have been placed on administrative assignment, per department policy, according to the DOJ.
In a court order written and digitally signed by Bayne-Allison, the district attorney said Iverson shot and killed Moua in order to protect an individual, whose name had been redacted, “from death or serious bodily harm.” . According to the ruling, Moua had raised a knife to the individual’s face before Iverson fired his gun three times, fatally striking Moua.
Bayne-Allison said Moua’s life had been “radically altered” by the use of a substance whose name had been redacted, adding that he did not believe Moua “would have engaged in conduct that would ultimately led to his death”. if he had not been under the influence of the substance.
“Moua’s death is tragic but Iverson acted lawfully and in accordance with his duty as a law enforcement officer,” Bayne-Allison said in concluding the ruling.