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The Wisconsin Department of Justice is releasing new information on the fatal shootout in Fond du Lac involving a Wisconsin State Trooper and a suspect in a Marinette County bank robbery and shooting.
The State Trooper has been identified as Trevor Casper, 21, Kiel.
The suspect is identified as Steven Timothy Snyder of Michigan.
The DOJ is leading the investigation. Officials say they continue to investigate how the crimes in Marinette County and Fond du Lac “fit together.”
Condolences, messages of grief and remembrances have been coming in for Trooper Casper.
“Yesterday marked the End of Watch for Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper. Our hearts go out to his fellow officers, his friends, and especially his family. Though Trooper Casper wore the badge, his service to this state was not a solitary endeavor. May we never forget his sacrifice and that of his loved ones who shared and supported his devotion to our common security.” — Wisconsin Professional Police Association.
Casper was a 2011 graduate of Kiel High School, where he was a wrestler, soccer player and member of prom court.
He received his badge on December 19, 2014, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website.
“At the Wisconsin Department of Transportation we are grieving the loss of Trooper Trevor Casper. Trooper Casper was among the group of brave men and women in the Division of State Patrol who put themselves in dangerous situations each day as they work to keep the people of Wisconsin safe. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” — WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb.
The events of Tuesday started with a bank robbery in the Village of Wausaukee.
The robbery happened at the State Bank of Florence in the 200 block of Main Street in Wausaukee at about 2:00 p.m., according to the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says the suspect robbed the bank after firing a shot.
Police say the suspect stole a bank employee’s vehicle and left the scene.
A short time later, police were called to another scene near the intersection of Highway 180 and Jermac Road. The call reported a man lying on the side of the road. When police arrived, they found the man dead beside a running vehicle. He has not been identified.
Police believe the suspect stole another vehicle, encountered the victim and shot him.
Officers put out the stolen vehicle’s information to other law enforcement agencies.
At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Trooper Casper spotted a vehicle matching that description in Fond du Lac. That’s when Snyder and the trooper exchanged gunfire, according to the Fond du Lac Police chief. Both Trooper Casper and Snyder were killed.
Autopsies on Trooper Casper and suspect Snyder are expected to be completed Wednesday. The DOJ says the information will likely help them find out what happened during the shootout.
Fond du Lac police reported another bank robbery at about 4:30 p.m. in the 200 block of North Peters Avenue. The suspect was able to get away with an unknown amount of money in that robbery. Nobody was injured.
It is not clear at this time if the two robberies are connected.
A Facebook page has been set up for Trooper Casper.
A Blue Light vigil will go through April 1 to honor Trooper Casper. People can turn on a blue light on their porch or in their window.