Assembly to honor officers who killed workplace shooter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly plans to honor the four police officers who killed a workplace shooter last year.

WTS Paradigm employee Anthony Tong opened fire in the Middleton software company’s office in September. He wounded four co-workers. Middleton Police Officers Tyler Loether and Richard O’Connor along with Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies Matthew Earll and David Lambrecht rushed into the building and killed Tong in a gunfight. Prosecutors say Tong had a long history of schizophrenia.

The Assembly plans to honor the officers and deputies Tuesday as part of the chamber’s “Hometown Heroes” program. The program recognizes people around the state who make a difference in their communities by introducing them on the Assembly floor.

Majority Leader Jim Steineke selected the officers to receive the award.

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