Names released in Goodman fatal shootings

MARINETTE, Wis. — A 62-year-old Milwaukee man has been identified as the victim of a reported homicide Friday in Goodman, Wis., while a second 62-year-old Milwaukee man — killed by sheriff’s officers — was the only suspect in the murder, the Wisconsin Department of Justice said today in a news release.

At 5 p.m. Friday, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible homicide and suspect at a Goodman residence. Law enforcement responded and the suspect fled the home by vehicle.

The DOJ has identified the homicide victim as Richard Gibbs, who was dead at the site, and the suspect as John Lipski.

Officers followed Lipski, who stopped his vehicle, exited and pointed a firearm at law enforcement, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said. Officers fired, killing Lipski.

Law enforcement have confirmed that Gibbs and Lipski were known to each other. Gibbs died of a gunshot wound and Lipski committed the murder, according to the DOJ investigation.

No law enforcement personnel were injured. The involved officers, all from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, have been placed on administrative assignment, per department policy.

They are: Lt. Barry Degnitz, 27 years in law enforcement; and deputies Jesse Parker, 19 years in law enforcement; Patrick Callahan, four years; Dave Oginski, 15 years; and Steve Schmidt, 12 years.

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Gibbs’ death.

The justice department’s Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting that resulted in Lipski’s death. All officers are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation, Kaul said.

A report will be turned over to the Marinette County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

Also assisting are the Marinette County medical examiner, Goodman Fire and Rescue, Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Forest County Sheriff’s Office, Marinette Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratories.

Further information will be released when it becomes available, Kaul said.


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