TOWN OF MENASHA - A 24-year-old town of Menasha man was taken into custody after an altercation with police Sunday.
A town of Menasha Police Department official says an officer had to shoot at the man after he showed a gun.
Police had been investigating an armed robbery at the PDQ Food Store on Racine Street around 4:30 p.m. The shooting incident with the suspect happened a block away at the Citgo gas station.
"The man was armed with a black colored handgun, and he made some movements, had the handgun pointed in the direction of the officer," said town of Menasha Police Officer Jason Weber.
Police say the incident in the Citgo gas station parking lot was because the 24-year-old suspect had just robbed the PDQ Food Store a block away.
Authorities aren't sure how much money he took.
They say once the suspect showed a gun, a 13-year veteran officer on the force took action.
"The officer did respond with firing two shots towards the suspect. None of the shots did strike the suspect and he was taken into custody right after that," Weber said.
"We watched the whole thing," said Tina Christenson of the town of Menasha.
Christenson said she was in the parking lot with her three kids when the incident happened.
"I was shaken up. It's a little hard to believe that on a Sunday afternoon in Menasha that somebody is going to pull out a gun and shoot at people," said Christenson.
This is the second officer involved shooting in the Town of Menasha in the last month.
Winnebago County investigators ruled an officer was justified when he shot and killed 66-year-old Wilson Lutz, who had a 12-gauge shotgun pointed at police.
"Not really sure what the community is coming to here with two uses of deadly force in the last month, but this again is something our agency really hasn't had to face," said Weber.
Officers said the suspect, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
They are investigating both the robbery and the use of force by the officer.
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