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Suspect dead in officer involved shooting in Miltona


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance call at 5:15 a.m. in the city of Miltona on Tuesday, February 26. Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen said two Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and at one point a deputy discharged his firearm.

When deputies announced their arrival, a man now identified as Tyler Schmidtbauer, 27, came to the door holding a shotgun. Schmidtbauer ignored deputies’ orders to drop the shotgun. At one point, Alexander Herzberg fired his weapon, striking Schmidtbauer. Schmidtbauer was pronounced deceased at the scene and died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. No one else was injured during the incident.

Crime scene personnel recovered a shotgun near Schmidtbauer’s body. Some of the incident was captured on a body camera.  Deputy Herzberg is on standard administrative leave.

The officers involved were not physically injured. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office requested the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to conduct the investigation into the shooting which is ongoing.

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