Presented by: Brandon Strolk
On March 2, 2017, an officer-involved shooting took place in the Town of Rib Mountain, Marathon County, Wisconsin. A Marathon County Deputy came upon a parked vehicle occupied by an armed individual. The suspect was his firearm at an individual standing outside the truck. Law enforcement officers from several agencies and the Marathon County Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the scene. Deputy Brandon Stroik, a SWAT sniper, of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office was on duty at the time and responded to the request for backup. Law enforcement attempted to negotiate with the suspect for nearly two and a half hours as he continued to brandish a firearm and hold the second individual as a hostage. As the suspect became increasingly visibly agitated while brandishing two firearms, Deputy Stroik fired one round from his sniper rifle and fatally shot Hall, stopping the threat. Deputy Stroik’s presentation of this incident incorporates exacerbating circumstances, such as single-digit temperatures, and gives the audience the perspective a police sniper in this situation and all the considerations which come into play. Deputy Stroik highlights the benefits of proper training and equipment, lessons learned, and the aftermath of such an event.
Brandon Stroik is a US Army Infantry combat veteran of OIF. He formerly worked for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, assigned as a K9 handler with the patrol division and a member of the SWAT team since 2010. He was hired with the Marathon County Sheriffs Office in January 2014, assigned as a K9 handler with the Patrol division. He has been with MNSO SWAT team since October 2014 assigned as a member of the sniper contingent. He is a firearms instructor, tactical response instructor, and field training officer. Contact: Brandon.Stroik@co.marathon.wi.us