Whitewater Police Department: Fatal Shooting “Appears to be accidental and self-inflicted”

(Whitewater Police Department press release) June 10, 2021 – On Friday, June 4, 2021, at 9:21 p.m., the City of Whitewater Police Department received a 9-1-1 call. Officers were dispatched to the apartments of 304 N. Tratt Street to the report of a subject who had “just shot himself.”

Upon arrival, officers located a 23-year-old male with a single gunshot wound. He was not breathing and did
not have a pulse. The male was identified as Zachary Wasendorf, of Whitewater. No others were injured during
this incident.

One firearm was recovered at the scene, which was legally owned and possessed. The WPD investigation
reveals the incident appears to be accidental and self-inflicted.

Local Emergency Medical Services, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Police Department and the
Walworth County Medical Examiner assisted in the incident. The investigation is still ongoing with the medical
examiner’s office.

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