Killed – Ricky Taylor (Neillsville, WI)

Ricky Taylor

A 24-year-old Neillsville policeman has been placed on administrative leave after he fatally shot a 23-year-old man during an early-morning disturbance, authorities said Monday.

Officer Aaron Bembnister responded to a disturbance at a home in Neillsville about 2:30 a.m. Friday and was confronted by Ricky Taylor, said James Backus, chief deputy of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, which is conducting an investigation into the shooting.

“Taylor was ultimately shot after approaching the officer and being advised numerous times to drop the knife,” Backus said in a statement.

Taylor’s mother, Jolynn Ashmore, said Taylor came home drunk, some things got heated and she called police for some help.

Ashmore said the officer fired multiple shots. Investigators have not said how many shots were fired or what kind of knife Taylor was brandishing.

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The family of a man fatally shot by a Neillsville police officer has filed a claim asking the city and the officer for a $2 million settlement.

Officer Aaron Bembnister responded to a domestic disturbance call Dec. 13. According to a prosecutor’s report, Ricky Taylor ignored commands to drop the knife. The report says Bembnister retreated as far as he could when he shot Taylor. The district attorney has said Bembnister was justified.

The News-Herald Media reports the claim filed Friday alleges the city was negligent in training officers to respond to a person “experiencing an emotional crisis and/or who was intoxicated.” The claim also alleges Bembnister used excessive force.

Neillsville city attorney Bonnie Wachsmuth says the city had not been served by Friday afternoon and had no comment.

The fatal shooting of a man on Dec. 13, 2013 during a confrontation by a Neillsville police officer was justified, a prosecutor has ruled.

Clark County District Attorney Lyndsey Boon Brunette made the determination following an investigation by the Department of Criminal Investigations and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.

Ricky Taylor, 23, was killed when he approached police officer Aaron Bembnister armed with a knife and refused to drop it. Officer Bembnister was responding to a domestic disturbance. During the confrontation, the Taylor was shot by the officer. Taylor was transported to Memorial Medical Center by ambulance, then flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, where the he later died.

“I have concluded there is no basis to believe officer Bembnister committed any crime,” explained District Attorney Boon Brunette. “The shooting, although regrettable, was in fact justified under the circumstances”.

Investigators concluded Taylor pointed a knife at officer Bembnister at close range. According to the District Attorney’s legal opinion Taylor’s level of intoxication may have played a role in his non-compliance. Court document say he had a blood alcohol level of .198.


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