Retired judge John Roemer killed in New Lisbon; was ‘targeted act’

Juneau County Circuit Court Judge John Roemer in October 2007.

A 68-year-old man was shot and killed in a targeted attack in his home in New Lisbon early Friday.

Sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the victim was retired Juneau County Judge John Roemer, who retired from the bench in 2017.

Attorney General Josh Kaul said the assailant appeared to be targeting others as well. Sources told the Journal Sentinel that Gov. Tony Evers was among them, but Kaul declined to provide any names during a brief news conference in Mauston.

Evers spokeswoman Britt Cudaback declined to discuss the incident, saying the governor’s office has a policy of not talking about security matters.

A 56-year-old man found in the judge’s house was transported to a hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 6:30 am Friday about an armed person in a New Lisbon home where two shots had been fired, Kaul said at a news conference. The caller had been inside the home, but left and contacted authorities from a nearby residence.

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