Zipper judge shot by militia member who had Whitmer on hit list: police

A man accused of fatally shooting a former Wisconsin judge Friday morning reportedly had a hit list that included several elected officials, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The Juneau County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 6:30 a.m. reporting an armed person at a home in New Lisbon, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement.

When authorities arrived, they attempted to negotiate with the alleged gunman. However, after several attempts, they entered the home at 10:17 a.m. and found the 68-year-old homeowner dead. Police also found a 56-year-old man in the basement suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the DOJ. The man was then taken to a medical facility and is in critical condition, according to Attorney General Josh Kaul.

According to local news station WISN-TV, the victim has since been identified as John Roemer, who previously served as a Juneau County judge. When officers entered the home, they reportedly found him tied to a chair and fatally shot.

Alleged shooter included Whitmer, McConnell on hit list
A man accused of fatally shooting a Wisconsin judge also had a hit list that included elected officials including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Above, Whitmer speaks at a rally in Southfield, Michigan in October 2020.
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According to the Justice Department’s press release, authorities believe Roemer was targeted. Local news station WTMJ reported that the suspect was also a member of a militia.

Law enforcement told the news channel they found a hit list in the suspect’s car that included several elected officials, including Whitmer, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

A spokesman for Whitmer’s office described the report as “deeply disturbing” but declined to comment further on the investigation in a statement news week.

“Governor Whitmer has repeatedly shown that she is tough, and she does not allow herself to be bullied or intimidated while doing her job and working across the aisle to get things done for the people of Michigan,” the statement said Explanation.

A spokesman for Evers declined to comment, saying the governor’s office does not comment on any specific safety precautions or its security details.

news week also reached out to McConnell’s office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and local authorities. Many details about the shooting, including the suspect’s identity and why he allegedly targeted those authorities, remain unknown as of Saturday afternoon.

Violence against elected officials occurs from time to time in the United States.

In particular, Whitmer, a first-elected Democrat in 2018, has faced a series of violent threats during her tenure. A group of men allegedly planned to kidnap her in 2020 because they were angry about the coronavirus restrictions they put in place at the start of the pandemic. They allegedly planned to break into her vacation home and kidnap her at gunpoint.

Meanwhile, in April, a 65-year-old man named Jay Allen Johnson was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for threatening Alaska Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.

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Rick Schindler

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