Ashland District Attorney David Meany has concluded that there is no evidence that the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers that resulted in Joseph Tedrick's death in Ashland on May 22 was justified.
“On May 22, 2019, members of a United States Marshal Service (USMS) Fugitive Task Force sought to serve an arrest warrant on Joseph Tedrick at a residence located at 812 4th Avenue W in Ashland, Wisconsin,” Meany said in a letter to the United States Marshals Service in Washington, D.C., and the City of Sheboygan Police Department. “During that operation, direct response to the actions of Mr. Tedrick, three members of the Task Force fired their weapons at Mr. Tedrick, which led to his death.”
Tedrick was wanted in Oregon for a series of alleged felonies related to drug use and fleeing police. He was shot when he he reportedly drew a gun after striking and pushing a U.S. marshal vehicle with his SUV.
Meany said that “The use of deadly force by the law enforcement officers who fired their weapons, DUSM Emily Krueger, SDUSM Jeremy Loesch, and USMS TFO Alex Jaeger, was justified under the circumstances. In addition, I have found no evidence of a crime committed by any other law enforcement officer involved in this incident. Our office therefore does not intend to file or pursue any criminal charges in this matter.”
Meany said the case was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and documented in a report (DCI Case No. 19-3220 US Marshal Task Force OlD) provided to his office.