No charges in deputy involved fatal shooting in Paddock Lake; deputy to return to full duty

kcsd-doorThe deputy involved in a shooting in Paddock Lake on Oct. 24, 2015 will not be charged in connection with the incident and will be returning to regular duty, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth announced Thursday.

Deputy James Campbell had been on desk duty since Oct. 24.

Darren Fude, 47, was shot by Campbell at Fude’s home after reports say Fude threatened Campbell and other deputies with a shotgun. The deputies were at the residence investigating a traffic crash from earlier in the day. Fude died at a local hospital from his injuries.

Sheriff David Beth

Sheriff David Beth

The announcement comes after a state Department of Justice investigation and a decision by Kenosha County District Attorney Robert Zapf that charges were not warranted, Beth said.

“Deputy James Campbell and other members of the Sheriff’s Department were doing their job investigating a motorcycle accident that occurred earlier that evening and the trail led to Mr. Fude,” Beth said. “Deputy Campbell did exactly what he was trained to do in a situation like what occurred. His job was to protect the community, other officers and especially in this case, himself.”

Beth also reached out to the Fude family in the statement.

“There is no good ending to a situation like what occurred that evening in 2015,” Beth said. “No matter how you look at it, Darren Fude will not be coming home from work to be with his wife and children ever again … This is a situation where there is no one that wins. My heart goes out to the Fude family for their loss.”

Beth’s full  statement is available here.

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  1. Cameron says:

    Please stop talking about this . That was my friends father

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