DOJ names Manitowoc man shot, killed by officer responding to fire alarm

Officer Fielder Clark (WI Department of Justice)

MANITOWOC (WLUK) -- A response to a fire alarm ended in the death of a 25-year-old Manitowoc man Sunday, according to the state Department of Justice.

It happened around 4:43 a.m. that morning when an officer and the Manitowoc Fire Department were responding to a fire alarm at the 1500 block of South 35th Street.

Officials say the officer "became involved in a confrontation with the man" after the man, armed with a blunt instrument, walked up and confronted the officer.

As a result the officer shot and killed 25-year-old Bruce Smith.

Neighbors say they heard about five gunshots followed by sirens that Sunday.

The officer involved has been identified as Officer Fielder Clark of the Manitowoc Police Department. Clark has been with the department for three and a half years. Before becoming a police officer, Clark spent six years in the U.S. Marine Corps.


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