STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Forest County District Attorney has determined the Crandon police officer involved in a fatal shooting last month acted in self defense. The incident took place Oct. 22 in the city of Crandon. Police officer Ryan Wilson made a traffic stop while in the process of investigating a robbery, reportedly committed by Dexter Baxter, 30.
According to District Attorney Charles Simono’s determination report, Baxter attacked Wilson during the traffic stop. As Wilson attempted to handcuff him, Baxter “jumped out of the vehicle and immediately grabbed officer Wilson’s head and neck.” The scuffle continued as Wilson “commanded him to stop resisting,” and Baxter placed the officer into a choke-hold. Wilson stated he was unable to reach his Taser and his OC spray during the attack, and began to “black out at some point” as a result of being choked. Wilson also reported Baxter gouged his eyes, limiting his vision. Wilson eventually gained hold of firearm and told Baxter to stop or he would be shot. Wilson fired his gun three times, then contacted EMS. Baxter was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Wilson was treated at the hospital and was placed on paid administrative leave until Simono’s investigation was complete.
Simono stated that he reviewed Division of Criminal Investigation reports, audio and video from the incident and witness statements to reach his conclusion.