Wife of man killed by Kewaunee Co. sheriff's deputy talks to FOX 11

Tyler Whitmire and Lilly Lucas (Photo Courtesy of Lilly Lucas)

KEWAUNEE COUNTY (WLUK) -- State investigators have now identified publicly the officers involved in a deadly shooting in Kewaunee County.

Investigators say only one of the deputies fired his gun, which resulted in the death of Tyler Whitmire. That happened last Monday evening.

The deputy who shot Whitmire is Jamie Tlachac, a five-year veteran of the sheriff's department.

Two other members of the department and one City of Kewaunee police officer were also present. All four are on administrative leave as the investigation moves forward.

FOX 11 News spoke with Tyler Whitmire's wife, who said she wants answers.

Lilly Lucas told us she met Tyler Whitmire while they were stationed in Okinawa, Japan with the Marine Corps. They married last spring.

"I think my husband and my life and my future were stolen from me," she said over the phone Tuesday.

The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department has said Whitmire was threatening a woman with a knife when Deputy Jamie A. Tlachac shot and killed him in Franklin last week. Authorities have said Thlachac had to use deadly force because they say Whitmire did not listen to demands to drop his weapon.

Lucas told FOX 11 that does not sound like something her husband would do.

"That's not who he was. This is not who he would ever be. That it why I told you I think there was foul play and that's why I'm trying to get to the bottom of it," she said.

Lucas declined to tell us more about the night her husband was shot. She said she is pursuing lawsuits against police and others involved that night.

However, Lucas did tell us about the Tyler Whitmire she knew.

"He had so much empathy for everyone that he met. He wanted to help people. That's what he wanted to do," she said.

Lucas explained her husband wanted to be a police officer -- a fact that is sadly ironic to Whitmire's family and friends.

"'Sad' couldn't, comes nowhere even close to describing the pain we're feeling," Lucas described.

Lucas told us in the last week people across the country have reached out to her.

"Similar stories about their sons or their husbands or their wives. Other people have suffered the same as I've suffered and it's sad to see," she said.

She told FOX 11 the stories have her asking if law enforcement needs to change, locally and nationally.

"And if it takes me to unravel that and fix that, then that's what I'm going to do, because he was the love of my life. He was my soulmate," Lucas told us saying she won't stop looking for answers for her husband.

The state Department of Justice did not respond to our request for comment on this story.

The Kewaunee County Sheriff said he could not comment until after the investigation is over.

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