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Retired Wisconsin judge John Roemer, 68, shot and killed at home by 56-year-old man with a hit list

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 03/06/2022 Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com

A 68-year-old former judge has been shot and killed at his home in rural Wisconsin by a man with a hit list 'related to the judicial system'.

John Roemer served as a Juneau County judge from 2004 until 2017. He had previously spent 12 years as assistant district attorney, and had worked as an assistant state public defender in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

His identity was confirmed by two sources who spoke to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as neighbors. 

All the other people on the 'hit list' have been located alive and well, and are under protection, authorities said. Local media said they included Governor Tony Evers. 

Police were called to the house in New Lisbon at 6:30am after another person fled the home, and reported hearing two gunshots.

John Roemer, 68, was shot and killed at his New Lisbon, Wisconsin, home on Friday, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported © Provided by Daily Mail John Roemer, 68, was shot and killed at his New Lisbon, Wisconsin, home on Friday, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Police are seen outside the home in New Lisbon, Wisconsin © Provided by Daily Mail Police are seen outside the home in New Lisbon, Wisconsin

Negotiators then attempted to talk to a person inside, but entered the property at 10:17am and found the man neighbors identified as Roemer dead.

A 56-year-old was found in the basement with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and was treated at the house before being taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition. 

'There were two individuals found inside the property, one was deceased, and one had a self-inflicted gunshot wound,' said Attorney General Josh Kaul.

'The individual who is the suspect appears to have had other targets as well that appear to be related to the judicial system. 

'At this point, we are not aware of any evidence indicating that there is any active danger to other individuals. Those who may have been other targets have been notified of that.' 

Attorney General Josh Kaul said on Friday that a 68-year-old man had died and a second person was found inside the home with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The second person remains in hospital, in a critical condition © Provided by Daily Mail Attorney General Josh Kaul said on Friday that a 68-year-old man had died and a second person was found inside the home with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The second person remains in hospital, in a critical condition

Kaul said a caller early on Friday said there was 'an armed person, and two shots fired'.

He added: 'I can't provide further information about the caller. The caller exited the home, and called law enforcement from a nearby home.' 

Police were stationed in the area from 7:30am on Friday, Channel3000 reported. 

Kaul was asked about others on the 'hit list'.

'I can't speak to what any individuals or their protection details are doing,' Kaul said.

'But what I can say is that we have been in touch with those on the list, and are working to protect their security.'

He said law enforcement secured the scene, and there was no danger to the public. 

Roemer is seen in court, before his 2017 retirement. On Friday he was murdered by a 56-year-old man © Provided by Daily Mail Roemer is seen in court, before his 2017 retirement. On Friday he was murdered by a 56-year-old man

Donna Voss, who lives next door, told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she was shocked.

'One of my neighbors called and said what's going on, what's going on,' she said. 

'It was really surprising something like this would happen around here. I still can't comprehend it.'

She said she heard police telling the person inside: 'Come out with your hands up.' 

Voss added of Roemer: 'He was such a nice guy. Church goer. It's terrible.'

Jackie, a former teacher who lives nearby, said she knew Roemer through two of his children, who were students of hers.

'He walks his dogs all the time,' she said. 

'He's friendly, a nice enough guy.'

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