WAUTOMA - New details are being released about the deadly end to a robbery, chase, and standoff in Wautoma.
The Waushara County sheriff says it started with an armed robbery and ended seven and a half hours later with one man dead.
The suspect was involved in a standoff on the 600 block of S. Water St.
Crime Lab investigators remained on the scene of a standoff and shooting that ended late Wednesday evening.
Waushara County Sheriff David Peterson says 33-year-old Timothy Pawlacyk of rural Redgranite was found dead in the basement of this home on S. Water St. in Wautoma.
“We believe in all likelihood, it was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Sheriff Peterson.
Peterson says it started Wednesday afternoon. Pawlacyk allegedly walked into the CHN Pharmacy on Highway 22, just north of the city limits and demanded the prescription painkiller, Oxycontin.
“He did display a handgun, small handgun at the time,” said Peterson.
Peterson says Pawlacyk clipped a squad car as he drove toward town.
“At which point one of our officers discharged at least one round in attempt to disable the vehicle,” said Peterson.
Peterson says Pawlacyk drove into Wautoma, but his vehicle became stuck in road construction on the city's south side.
Peterson says Pawlacyk ran through the neighborhood before breaking in to the Water St. home.
“Just prior to him going through the window, he exchanged gunfire with another one of our officers,” said Peterson.
Deputies determined the homeowners were on vacation. Neighbors were told to leave.
“Said we got to get you out of the house real quick. There's been shots fired across the street, we got to evacuate you out the front,” said Scott Flegner, Wautoma.
Peterson says SWAT teams entered the building around 11 p.m. and found Pawlacyk dead downstairs.
By 4:00 Thursday morning, many neighbors were allowed back in their homes.
“What's kind of scary is he could have fled to anyone's house in the neighborhood, even mine included,” said Flegner.
Two officers have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday. The results have not yet been released.
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