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Update: Names of deceased and officers involved in deadly Leon shooting released

WIZM staff

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The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer-involved death (OID) in Leon, Wis., that occurred on the night of Nov. 5.

Law enforcement with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Sparta Police Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol responded to a local business for a domestic violence-related 911 call.

Patrons were barricaded inside the business, and law enforcement negotiated with a male subject carrying a firearm outside the business. During the incident Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Sparta Police Officer deployed deadly force with their firearms, striking 32 year-old Michael Lee Nguyen. Law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to Nguyen. Nguyen later died of injuries at a local hospital.

No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.

Three Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies and one Sparta Police Officer have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy:

Monroe County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ryan Oswald, eight years in law enforcement;
Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Rice, seven years in law enforcement;
Deputy Ethan Young, seven years in law enforcement; and,
Sparta Police Officer Kyle Gurolski, 13 years in law enforcement;
DCI is leading this investigation, and is assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, Monroe County Joint Investigative Task Force, DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services, and the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.

DCI is continuing to collect evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Monroe County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.


Four law officers in Monroe County are on administrative leave, after fatally shooting an armed man during a confrontation in Leon Tuesday night. 

The state justice department says a Sparta policeman and three county deputies were the officers involved in the shooting outside the Cotter Pin bar. 

A 9-1-1 call about domestic violence led to the incident near Highway 27. 

The bar was closed with patrons barricaded inside while officers negotiated with the man. 

After the man was shot, he was taken to a local hospital where he died. 

Highway 27 was closed for several hours after the shooting.

The Cotter Pin has announced it will remain closed until Friday afternoon.