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Victim and alleged shooter identified in Jackson County


Jackson County (WQOW)- The Jackson County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the shooting incident that occurred at 325 Highland Avenue, in the Village of Taylor, Jackson County, Wisconsin. 


The incident involved the following persons:


Gunshot victim:             Robert Schafer, age 25 from the Taylor area.

Alleged shooter:            Jarrod Thompson, age 31, from rural Ettrick, WI area.

Witness:                       Lori Peterson, age 44, from the Taylor area.


The Sheriff's Office has had past contacts with all of the mentioned individuals. 


Recently the Sheriff's Office has been attempting to locate Schafer for an alleged domestic related incident involving the witness Lori Peterson.  Schafer also had a probation warrant for his arrest.  In addition, there is a valid restraining order between Peterson and Schafer until February of 2014.  Schafer has been avoiding law enforcement contact for several weeks.  Schafer has demonstrated this behavior in the past by committing alleged domestic acts, committing restraining order violations and then alluding law enforcement.  


On December 5, 2012, moments prior to the shooting notification time of 7:39 p.m., Schafer came onto the property in the driveway area and made entry into Peterson's vehicle.  Peterson and Thompson observed Schafer on the property and made contact with him.  Schafer approached Thompson in a threatening manner.  Thompson warned Schafer to stop and told Schafer he had a gun.  Schafer disregarded the warning.  Thompson fired one round at Schafer, striking him in the lower abdominal area.    Schafer then fled the scene prior to law enforcement's arrival. 


Law enforcement attempted to locate Schafer in the area of the shooting.  It was later found that Schafer received a ride to the Tri-County Hospital in Whitehall, Wisconsin for medical  treatment.   Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office personnel made contact with Schafer at the hospital.  Schafer refused to talk with law enforcement about the incident.  Schafer was transported by helicopter to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  Schafer's injury is not believed to be life threatening.  Schafer is currently at Gunderson Lutheran receiving treatment for his injury and his release from the hospital is not anticipated anytime soon. 


At this time, there have been no arrests or charges regarding this incident.  The investigation remains ongoing.  Please contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office if you have any information regarding this case.  




Jackson County (Press Release) - One man remains hospitalized after a shooting that occurred in the Village of Taylor in Jackson County.

Wednesday at approximately 7:39 PM, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a shooting that had occurred at 325 Highland Drive in the Village of Taylor. Deputies were immediately dispatched to this location to investigate.

Further reports indicated that the victim of the shooting had left the scene of the shooting in a private vehicle driven by another party.

Upon arrival at the scene, deputies were able to confirm that a shooting had taken place and subsequently were able to make contact with the alleged suspected shooter in this matter.

Sometime later, investigating deputies learned from the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office that the victim in this shooting had been driven to the Tri-County Hospital in Whitehall for treatment for an undetermined number of gunshot wounds. The victim was initially treated and then transferred by air ambulance to Gunderson Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin for further treatment.

The person believed to be responsible for the shooting is being interviewed by authorities at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. No arrests have been made in this case as of this news release.

Sheriff Duane Waldera of the Sheriff's Office did comment that it appears that this may be a domestic type incident at this point, as the investigation into this matter is progressing.

No names are being released at this time by authorities as this matter continues to be investigated.

Jackson County (WQOW)- A person was flown to the hospital Wednesday night after being shot.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says a person was shot by someone else outside of a home in the village of Taylor around 8 p.m.  The victim was flown to an area hospital.  Investigators say there's no word on the victim's condition.

They also say the public is in no danger.  Just before 10 o'clock Wednesday night investigators were in the midst of questioning someone in the case.  We'll have more on the story as the information comes in.


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