On the evening of Aug. 21, a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a domestic disturbance involving a man allegedly threatening his wife with a gun.
The situation escalated to an armed standoff between Thomas Selje, 62, and law enforcement, in front of Selje’s house on Vince Street. Gunfire was exchanged between Selje and one of the deputies on the scene, with Selje struck in the head and killed at the scene.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation was immediately dispatched to the scene to determine whether the officer-involved shooting was legally justified.
The DOJ’s investigation report was sent to the Columbia County District Attorney Jane Kohlwey. On Oct. 27, Kohlwey issued a statement announcing that the Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Jordan Haueter, who fired the fatal shot, had been cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident stating that Selje had forced officers into the circumstances leading to his death.
The following month at the annual Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Awards, Haueter was awarded the Valor Award for Extraordinary Acts of Bravery and Heroism.