TIMELINE OF THE MAY 15TH SHOOTING AT THE APPLETON VALLEY TRANSIT CENTER

THE OUTAGAMIE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE WERE THEY RELEASED DETAILS OF THE MAY 15TH SHOOTING AT THE APPLETON VALLEY TRANSIT CENTER. THE SHOOTER, RUBEN HOUSTON HAD BEEN ON A TRANSIT BUS FROM THE WAUSAU AREA WHEN HE BEGAN SHOWING SIGNS OF MEDICAL DISTRESS. WHEN MEDICAL PERSONAL ARRIVED, THEY NOTICED HOUSTON WAS SHOWING SIGNS OF AN OVERDOSE. AFTER THEY GAVE HOUSTON NARCAN, A DRUG THAT REVERSES THE EFFECTS OF OPIOIDS, HE BECAME CONSCIOUS AGAIN. HOUSTON THEN TOLD OFFICERS HE HAD TAKEN SOME OF HIS WIFE’S MORPHIN. AFTER RECEIVING THE NARCAN, HOUSTON REFUSED MORE MEDICAL HELP. THAT’S WHEN AN OFFCIER ASKED TO PAT HOUSTON DOWN, BUT HE REFUSED. A LITTLE LATER HOUSTON WAS AGAIN ASKED TO BE PATTED DOWN, BUT THIS TIME WHEN HE REFUSED HE STARTED ACTING ERRACTICLY AND PULLED OUT SMALL HANDGUN FROM HIS RIGHT HIP. HOUSTON THEN FIRED TWO QUICK SHOTS, ONE HIT FIREFIGHTER MITCH LUNDGAARD IN THE BACK AND CAME OUT THROUGH HIS CHEST AND WAS FATAL. THE SECOND SHOT HIT OFFICER PAUL CHRISTENSEN IN HIS LOWER BODY. CHRISTENSEN DID FIRE BACK, STRIKING HOUSTON, BUT THE SUSPECT CONTINUED SHOOTING. HOUSTON THEN GRABBED A BYSTANDER, 30-YEAR OLD BRITTANY SCHOWALTER, AND USED HER AS HUMAN SHIELD IN A SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE. SCHOWALTER WAS SHOT IN THE LEG AND HEAD, WHICH CAUSED A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SCHOWALTER WAS SHOT BY POLICE, BUT D-N-A TESTS OF THE BULLETS RECOVERED FROM THE SCENE WERE INCONCLUSIVE. HOUSTON EVENTUALLY WENT DOWN FROM HIS INJURIES AND DIED AT THE SCENE. THE INCIDENT WAS INVESTIGATED BY THE GREEN BAY POLICE DEPARTMENT AND AFTER THEIR INVESTIGATION CONCLUDED, OUTAGAMIE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, MELINDA TEMPELIS, RULED THAT THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING, OFFICER PAUL CHRISTENSEN AND SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER BIESE, ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE AND WERE JUSTIFIED IN USING DEADLY FORCE AGAINST RUBEN HOUSTON. THEREFORE, NO CRIMINAL CHARGES WILL BE BROUGHT AGAINST THEM.

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