Appleton police shooting deemed lawful

Police at the scene where officers shot a shoplifting suspect in Appleton, April 10, 2014. (WLUK photo)
Police at the scene where officers shot a shoplifting suspect in Appleton, April 10, 2014. (WLUK photo)

APPLETON - The mother of the man shot by Appleton police officers is speaking out about her son's mental health.

Appleton police are now saying the man wanted officers to kill him.

It all began with a shoplifting call, but when officers arrived, they say the man had a gun.

An outside investigation released Monday defended the officers' actions. It showed officers were justified when they shot the man.

The Green Bay Police Department led the investigation and after reviewing the case, the Outagamie County District Attorney said the officers will not face charges.

"He did not want anybody to be hurt, including the officers," said Shelia Jacobs who told FOX 11 her son, 22-year old Adam Jacobs was the suspect in last Thursday's shooting.

She told us she understands why police shot her son.

"If I were in that situation, I would have done the same thing. I just am, have very mixed feelings on how it was handled afterwards," said Jacobs.

According to Sheila Jacobs, her son has mental health issues, but she is afraid he is not getting the care he needs.

"The suspect had spoken to people in the past about suicide and said if he ever committed suicide it would be by making police shoot him," said Captain Todd Thomas of the Green Bay Police Department.

According to the investigation, when officers arrived on scene, Jacobs pointed a gun at them. The gun was an airsoft with the orange tip filed off and when officers demanded he drop the weapon, he did not.

"What officers heard, what they observed in the short time they had, in the circumstances they presented themselves in, led the officers to undertake the actions they did," explained Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider.

Police officers Brandon Edwards and Sergeant Greg Pieper, fired eight shots. Four hit the suspect.

Adam Jacobs' mother says he was left with a shattered arm bone and damaged knee and pelvis.

Appleton Police Chief Peter Helein said this situation is upsetting.

"It reminds all of us as a community that this is a shared responsibility for all of us to work together to make sure we reach out and meet the mental health needs of our community," Helein explained.

Sheila Jacobs told us it's hard to hear her son wanted to end his life that way.

"Makes me very upset, because I don't think he realized how it affects the people he was leaving behind," she said.

The district attorney wouldn't say yet if Adam Jacobs will be charged.

The two officers are on administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the Appleton Police Department.

[caption id="attachment_23582" align="alignleft" width="300"] A gun pulled out by a suspected shoplifter who was later shot by police in Appleton, April 10, 2014. (Photo courtesy Appleton Police Dept.)[/caption]

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