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Suspect Named

August 1, 2008
The Daily News

NIAGARA, Wis. - A suspect is in custody for the shooting deaths of three Michigan residents at the East Kingsford train bridge.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday when a middle-aged man dressed in camo opened fire from the Wisconsin side of the Menominee River.

Marinette County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy and Incident Commander Jerry Sauve said at 8:50 a.m. Friday his office along with Wisconsin State Patrol, the Niagara Police Department and deputies from Lincoln County apprehended a suspect arrested in camo clothes with a military type assault rifle. The suspect was apprehended and taken into custody in the town of Niagara, Wis. near the railroad at Bennett Road and County Highway N.

Scott J. Johnson, 38, of Iron Mountain, is in custody of the Marinette Police Department and lodged in the Marinette County Jail.

Sauve said the suspect was located when law enforcement agencies saw this person dressed in camo exit a wooded area near County N and Bennett Road, near the railroad tracks and throw his rifle to the ground. Sauve also said the suspect had nothing to say to authorities although he did comply with directives.

At this time, police are not aware of any relationship or connection to the victims or a motive.

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"We've had tremendous cooperation with the sheriff's and police department throughout the state," Sauve said.



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