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Green Bay police officers involved in shooting, one man dead


GREEN BAY,WI (WTAQ)-Green Bay Police shot and killed an armed man outside of the Packer Stadium Lounge early Sunday, after they say he refused to drop his weapon. Police Chief Jim Arts says they received a call around 12:45 a.m. from a man inside the bar who witnessed the suspect fire a handgun outside the bar.  Police responded and searched the area with bar patrons pointing out where they last saw the man.  Police found 35-year-old David L. Spencer crouching next to a van and leaning up against a wall.  Officers say Spencer had a .40 caliber Beretta handgun pointed to his own head.  After repeated commands to drop the weapon, Spencer pointed the gun at officers. 

Five officers were on the scene, three fired their guns in response.  A total of 10 shots were fired.  It's known how many times he was struck and where.  Police provided first aid until emergency medical crews arrived.  He was brought to the hospital, where he later died.  Arts says Spencer’s wife called around 10:20 p.m. Saturday concerned that her husband hadn’t returned home yet, after driving away drunk and armed with a handgun. The investigation continues and Chief Arts says they should have a report submitted to the Brown County District Attorney’s office by week’s end.  “My opinion at this point, the officers actions where lawful, justifiable, and within department policy”  Arts said at a Monday press conference. Officers involved in the shooting included Scott Salzmann with more than 7 years of experience, Taylor Clark with 5.5 years experience, and Clint Beguhn with 2.5 years with Green Bay police.  Salzmann was involved with a police shooting back in April of 2007. “It is kind of rare that he would have to his job two times within the same career .” Arts said.