Suspect in officer involved shooting identified, charged
The individual involved in an Aug. 24 shooting incident with a Lincoln County patrol deputy has been identified as 46-year old Daniel Boldt of Merrill.
The state’s department of Justice released the information last Thursday, along with the identity of the deputy involved in the incident; Travis Watruba. According to Thursday’s release, the ongoing investigation continues to be led by the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), at the request of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
“The DOJ-led investigation of this incident has been a collaboration between DCI, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has been fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation. DCI is continuing to determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports and evidence to the Lincoln County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.”
Boldt made his initial appearance in Lincoln County Circuit Court Wednesday, Aug. 28 facing an array of charges including five counts of possession of a firearm-convicted of a felony, domestic violence related domestic battery and domestic violence related disorderly conduct.
Boldt’s vehicle was reportedly stopped by Watruba on STH 64 in the Town of Scott, Saturday evening, Aug. 24 following a domestic violence related incident. During the stop, the Boldt reportedly opened the door of the vehicle and displayed a weapon. Watruba fired, striking Boldt. He was transported to a hospital for treatment and was later taken into police custody. Daniel Boldt remains in the custody of the Lincoln County Jail on $100,000 cash bond. His next court appearance will be a preliminary hearing set for Thursday, Sep. 5.