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$2.35M settlement reached in excessive use of force case

A settlement has been reached in a case involving the family of a 32-year-old man a Wood County deputy shot and killed in 2019.

The civil suit (Western District of Wisconsin, 20-CV-108) against the Wood County Sheriff’s Office was settled for $2.35 million.

Mark Thomsen, of Gingras, Thomsen and Wachs, was the attorney for the family, while Timothy Johnson, Samuel Hall and Benjamin Sparks represented the defendants.

On June 11, 2019, Wood County Deputy Nathan Dean was checking on the welfare of Logan Johnsrud in an Arpin home after a family member called police to the home. The well-being check ended with Dean firing his gun, killing Johnsrud, injuring a family member in the home and injuring Dean’s deputy partner.


The county’s insurance company, Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance, decided to settle the case. Judge Peter Oppeneer was the mediator in the case.





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