Report: Hostage Killed in WI Standoff was Shot by Police
A 60-year-old Wisconsin man who was fatally shot during a police standoff at a motorcycle shop was a hostage attempting to escape the shooter, a lawyer representing the man's family tells PEOPLE.
The victim was identified as Michael Funk, who worked at Eagle Nation Cycles, where the alleged hostage situation occurred Saturday morning. Cole J. White, the attorney representing Funk's family, says Funk had previously filed a $50 lawsuit against the police and the city over a 2012 raid at the motorcycle shop.
"It is a sad situation because Mike was terrified of law enforcement after what happened in 2012," says White. "He was petrified that they were going to do something to hurt him again. And in a horrible tragic twist he was absolutely right."
Police went to the motorcycle shop around 9 a.m. Saturday after a call came in that a man had fired at least one shot and had taken hostages, according to the Post-Crescent Media. Police stormed the building to rescue the hostages, but were forced to retreat after getting fired upon. One of the officers was shot in the helmet, the paper reports.
Police said a short time later Funk left the motorcycle shop allegedly carrying a gun. He purportedly refused to drop his weapon and was subsequently shot. Police said they didn't know if the shooter had also fired at Funk, according to the Post-Crescent Media.
"We believe Funk was able to get one of the guns away from the gunman and fled the building only to be met with a volley of gunfire by the police," White says. "Police said he refused to drop his weapon in his hand. The thing that is not getting covered enough is Mike Funk had hearing loss. There had been gunfire by his head so he probably couldn't hear what the police were saying to him."