Police: Person killed in chase, crash had been trying to get into vehicles

Green Bay police investigating a fatal vehicle crash at the 1100 block of 9th Street Sunday, April 16, 2017. (WLUK/Amanda Cartwright)

UPDATE: Police say the man killed in the crash is 26-year-old Shyan Wheelock of Green Bay.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) -- A car wrapped around a tree on the 1100 block of Ninth Street was the result of a deadly crash Sunday morning.

On Monday, authorities said it happened while officers were pursuing the vehicle.

It started less than a mile away, when officers were called about a suspicious person in the area of Ninth Street and S. Ashland Avenue.

"A compliant that an intoxicated male was stumbling around her residence, banging on her windows, trying to get into her, and her neighbors vehicle," said Capt. Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police Department.

Warych says officers began patrolling the area, and spotted a vehicle driving recklessly.

He says a pursuit began in the alley between Broadway and North Chestnut Avenue.

"The officers initiated a traffic stop on that vehicle, which the vehicle initially stopped, but then took off at a high rate of speed."

The driver was pronounced dead on the scene.

"Any incident involving a death is turned over to outside agency," continued Warych.

When a death happens during a pursuit, state law requires an outside agency to handle the investigation.

It is being done by the Appleton Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Michael Galvan with the State Patrol says they will be helping reconstruct the scene.

"Take lots of photos, they collect data points and they are able to use that data to reconstruct the crash, how the events happened," Galvan said.

Galvan says it is a process that will take time.

"Typically these things take months, it is so technical, a lot of computer work."

FOX 11 reached out to the Appleton Police Department to talk about its portion of the investigation. The department declined to comment.

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