Hunter Scheel, a Cameron, Wisconsin, police officer who died in the line of duty, was remembered for his compassion.
Both officers fatally shot during a traffic stop Saturday in western Wisconsin have now been identified.
Hunter Scheel, a member of the Village of Cameron Police Department, and Emily Breidenbach, an officer with the Chetek Police Department, were fatally shot while conducting a traffic stop in Barron County. The suspect, who has not been identified, died after being taken to a local hospital after the exchange of fire.
Breidenbach had previously been identified by the family, who noted that she is the daughter of former Chetek police chief Robert Breidenbach.
Scheel was identified by his girlfriend, Camryn Gosdeck, on Facebook late Sunday. She said Scheel previously served in the Army National Guard and volunteered to serve in Afghanistan.
“Hunter Timothy Scheel meant so much to so many people and left everyone with a laugh and a smile. Hunter was a living blessing who cared so much for his loved ones,” Gosdeck wrote.
Another family member said: “We still can’t share details about what happened, just know he went down fighting and will always be my hero. Hunter my sweet boy, I will love and miss you always and forever.”
Details of what led to the traffic stop and how the exchange between the suspect and officers escalated have not been released. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the incident.
Cameron Police Chief Adam Steffen wrote in a social media post that the community is experiencing “a time of great tragedy.”