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Firefighter killed, police officer injured in Wisconsin shooting

Police and firefighters had responded to a medical emergency.

A shooting in Wisconsin left a firefighter dead and three others injured – one of them a police officer – Wednesday evening. 

Appleton Police Department said the shooting happened in the 100 block of E. Washington St. after officers and firefighters responded to a medical call around 5:30 p.m. at Valley Transit Center. 

"While treating the person, the incident escalated into shots being fired," Police Chief Todd Thomas said.  

Four people were struck by the gunfire, including an Appleton firefighter and an Appleton police officer. All four were taken to local hospitals. 

Appleton Fire Department confirmed overnight that the firefighter died after being taken to the hospital.

The firefighter's identity has not been confirmed, but Appleton FD said it "is saddened to announce the line of duty death of a 14-year veteran of the fire department." 

An Appleton police spokesperson told the Green Bay Press Gazette Wednesday night that there is no threat to the public but she did not know if a suspect was in custody. 

The shooting happened on Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors officers who have died or been injured in the line-of-duty. 

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