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1 dead, 2 injured in Appleton shooting

Jack's Apple Pub in the daytime. (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- The investigation continues in Appleton after a shooting inside a busy bar early Sunday morning.

At least one of those shots was fired by an Appleton police officer, a 28-year veteran of the force.

The incident left one person dead, and at least two others injured.

It all started just before 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the Apple Pub, located on the corner of W. College Avenue and State Street.

Appleton police say the officer involved in the shooting is Lt. Jay Steinke. There's still no word if Steinke is on leave during the investigation.

In the hours shortly after bar time early Sunday morning, police officers documented the scene along College Avenue, taking photographs, and looking for answers.

"The investigators have received conflicting information from some of the individuals involved in this incident," Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas said in a news conference Sunday.

Thomas says two officers were on foot patrol outside of the Apple Pub in downtown Appleton.

"People started running out of the front door of that business, yelling to them that there was a man inside, with a gun, shooting people." he said.

Thomas says Lt. Jay Steinke went to the side door.

"And saw a male with a gun. The lieutenant fired his weapon at the suspect before seeking cover outside of the doorway," Thomas said.

James Grantlin lives next to the Apple Pub. He says he heard the commotion.

"I was halfway down that street, when I heard pop, pop," Grantlin said. "And I thought either, first my mind, went to gunshots. And then I went to car accident. But when I see the cops coming down the street, I know it was something serious."

Police secured the bar.

"A male subject was transported to a local hospital where he later died," Thomas said.

Two other other adult men were taken to the hospital.

"It appears one of the males suffered a gunshot wound to his arm, and the other male suffered a shoulder injury, but was not struck by gunfire," Thomas said.

Police say they found a gun, and will review footage from security cameras at the Apple Pub and from body camera video taken by Appleton police.

"It appears Lt. Steinke encountered an active shooter situation, and used his firearm to stop a threat in an extremely dynamic and chaotic situation. This is a tragic incident that all of us wish never occurred. Our thoughts and prayers to out to Lt. Stienke and his family, the officers involved and their families, and the citizens involved and their loved ones," Thomas said.

He would not take questions from reporters. He says the name of the victim is not being released at this time.

Anyone who has information about the shooting should call the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5500 or text CRIMES (274-637) with the keyword APDTIPS at the start of your message.

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