Almond shooting leaves one man dead

Metro Wire Staff

One man is dead following a shooting in the Town of Almond on Saturday.

Portage Co. deputies were called to a home near Fourth Ave. and County J in Almond at about 6:20 p.m. on May 5 to find an adult male was dead from a gunshot wound.

The suspect was identified at a 31-year-old man from Almond, who was located after an hour-long search of the area and taken into custody without incident. His identity was not immediately released but he is expected to face homicide charges.

According to a news release from the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, the motive is still under investigation but deputies believe this was an isolated incident.

“There are no other suspects being sought and there is no danger to the public,” the release said in part.

A prom held at the Almond High School was temporarily suspended while deputies searched for the suspect, while attendees were temporarily evacuated to another location. The prom was later allowed to resume when the suspect was caught, with extra deputies on hand to “help alleviate any lingering fears” of students there.

The suspect is being held at the Portage County Jail, and is expected to appear in Portage County Circuit Court for an initial appearance early next week.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Plainfield Police Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources, along with the Portage County Ambulance and Almond Fire and EMS all responded to the scene. Further assistance was offered by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab.

More information is expected Monday.