Lawrence M. Drennan : “Update on Fatal Shooting in Winnebago County”

A shooting incident in Winnebago County, Wisconsin is currently under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The incident occurred on Friday, February 2, involving North Fond du Lac Police Department Sergeant Bryce LaLuzerne.

Sergeant LaLuzerne, with five years of law enforcement experience, initiated a traffic stop in the Village of North Fond du Lac at around 9:40 p.m. The vehicle involved fled the traffic stop, leading to a pursuit. A Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputy deployed a tire deflation device on Interstate 41 near County Hwy Z, causing the vehicle to come to a stop.

The driver, identified as Lawrence M. Drennan, age 36, was the lone occupant of the vehicle. Drennan called 911 and reported that he had a gun. He exited the vehicle and approached law enforcement, prompting Sergeant LaLuzerne to discharge his firearm, resulting in Drennan being struck. Despite life-saving measures being performed, Drennan succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Fortunately, no law enforcement officers were injured during the incident. Sergeant LaLuzerne is currently on administrative duty in accordance with department policy. It is noted that Sergeant LaLuzerne was wearing a body camera at the time of the incident, and both the North Fond du Lac Police Department and Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office have squad cameras.

The DCI is leading the investigation into the officer-involved critical incident, with assistance from various departments such as the Wisconsin State Patrol, Winnebago County Coroner’s Office, DCI Crime Response Specialists, and members of DCI’s Digital Evidence Unit. All law enforcement agencies involved are fully cooperating with the investigation.

This tragic incident has raised questions and concerns within the community, and the investigation aims to provide clarity and transparency into the events that transpired on that fateful night in Winnebago County.

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