By Lynn Binnie
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff
Residents who were in the general area of Main & Whiton Streets in the late evening on Monday, August 1 may have noticed a large police presence including county sheriffs and police from other communities. Interim Police Chief Dan Meyer told the Banner that the Whitewater Police Department “received a report [at 8:46 p.m.] that a male wearing a ski mask and carrying a rifle had pointed the rifle at a passerby in a vehicle near that location. When officers arrived they could not confirm if a male that was running was the suspect or not. A perimeter was set up as we attempted to locate the individual and confirm the legitimacy of the report.”
Update, 8/2 @ 9 a.m.: On Tuesday morning, Meyer indicated that upon further investigation there was less clarity regarding exactly what had been seen, and the search was completed without having identified a subject or a weapon.
Editor’s note: On July 25 the Police & Fire Commission conditionally approved the appointment of Dan Meyer to be the police chief, subject to negotiation of salary and benefits with city staff and approval of Common Council. This process has not yet been completed.