Grand Chute Police Department photo
Grand Chute Police Department file photo

GRAND CHUTE — The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating a fatal crash that happened Wednesday afternoon in Grand Chute after police responded to a retail theft call.

According to a DOJ news release, Town of Grand Chute police received a call shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday about a retail theft at the Fleet Farm on Wisconsin Avenue in Grand Chute.

When officers arrived, they approached the subject who fled in a vehicle that left the parking lot at a high rate of speed, according to a Department of Justice news release.

The subject then lost control of the vehicle approximately two blocks away, striking another vehicle and crashing into a tree.

Lifesaving measures were attempted, but the subject died at the scene, according to the news release.

The two occupants of the struck vehicle were taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

The officers squad did have a camera during the incident.

The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, per agency policy.

DCI is leading the investigation of the officer involved critical incident with assistance from Wisconsin State Patrol, a DCI Crime Response Specialist, and members of DCI’s Digital Evidence Unit. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.

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

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is currently available.

By staff