HUDSON, WI - Chief Lori Hetfeld on Monday confirmed that Woodville Police Officer Joel Benson wasn’t injured when shot at in the 50-mile pursuit of a murder suspect. The tragic murder, suicide incident occurred last Saturday night, February 18, 2017. Chief Hetfeld was monitoring the incident as it took place.
According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, at 11:34 p.m. Saturday deputies responded to the report of a violent domestic dispute at 733 Meadow Drive in the Town of Hudson. The report indicated a 28-year-old sibling had stabbed one family member and beaten another with a stick. The family, except for the mother, had taken shelter in a garage on the property.
Upon arrival deputies learned that the mother was still inside the home along with the armed sibling. Deputies made entry, located the mother who was suffering obvious stab wounds and removed her from the residence and took her to a waiting ambulance where she was pronounced dead. The mother has been identified as Charlene Wold, 49.
The Sheriff’s Office report continued that an extensive search of the area by deputies failed to locate the suspect at the scene in Hudson. It was determined the suspect was likely driving a White Pontiac Grand AM and had fled the scene prior to the deputies arrival.
The investigation concluded that the suspect was 28-year-old Logan Reese of 745 1st Street in Glenwood City, Wisconsin.
At 12:46 a.m. the St. Croix County 911 Center received a report from a neighbor of a fire at Reese’s residence.
At 1:15 a.m. Woodville police officer Joel Benson observed the Grand Am driving on U.S. 12. As Officer Benson was following the suspect vehicle (without emergency lights activated) and waiting for additional units to arrive, the suspect shot out of his vehicle in the direction of Woodville Officer Benson.
Again, per the Sheriff’s report, Officer Benson then activated his emergency equipment and engaged in a pursuit of the suspect. Also in the subsequent pursuit and efforts to deflate the suspects tires with tire deflation devices were the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Baldwin Police, Hammond Police, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies, Amery Police, St. Croix Falls Police and the Chisago County Minnesota Sheriff’s Deputies. The pursuit covered 50 miles through St. Croix and Polk Counties in Wisconsin and ended in Chisago County, Minnesota. During the pursuit, the suspect fired multiple rounds at law enforcement before crashing into a median barrier on US Hwy 8 in Chisago County, Minnesota. Upon crashing, more shots were fired by the suspect.
At 2:05 a.m. the subject was found dead inside the vehicle with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The Sheriff’s report further stated, “This a very complex case and it remains under investigation.” Additionally, it reported that the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation for the occurrences in Wisconsin, and the Chisago County, Minnesota Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation for Minnesota.
St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts concluded the report saying, “Our hearts go out to the family in this case. I would also like to thank the various agencies who assisted and continue to assist my office with this investigation.”
No other information was being released by the Sheriff’s Office at this time.
Woodville Chief of Police Lori Hetfeld said, “We are so glad that there were no injuries to any law enforcement officers, including Woodville’s Officer Benson or any citizens. This could have been a lot worse.”