A former Elk Mound man was shot and killed early Wednesday morning during a drug raid at the man’s residence in the Town of Red Cedar.
Dennis B. Grohn, 32, died after Dunn County deputies and members of the West Central Drug Task and the Eau Claire Regional Tactical Team went inside the residence in the E5400 block of 708th Avenue in Cedar Falls before 2 a.m.
During the search on Feb. 12, entry was made by the Eau Claire S.W.A.T. team. It was during that when Grohn was injured. He was later pronounced dead in the emergency room at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie.
In a statement, Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith said a confrontation happened after law enforcement officials entered the residence. Grohn was then shot and killed.
According to the search warrant:
Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, a confidential informant did a controlled buy of two grams of methamphetamine for $200 from Grohn at the residence Grohn shared with his girlfriend.
After the buy, the informant told an investigator that there were several surveillance cameras around the residence, and were shown on a large TV inside.
On Jan. 29, a relative of Grohn’s told the sheriff’s office that Grohn had taken a shotgun and a crossbow from the relative’s residence.
A “no knock” search warrant was requested and granted. Among the items found on and taken from the premises were suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia as well as weapons, ammunition and $200 in U.S. currency.
Officers with the Wisconsin Department of Justice were called in to conduct an investigation into the fatal shooting. Pending the outcome, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave — routine in shootings involving officers.
Smith pointed out that an officer being placed on administrative leave is not a punitive measure, nor is it an indication of wrongdoing.