A prosecutor said a SWAT team and regional drug officers were justified in killing a drug suspect during a raid at his home near Menomonie on February 12th. Dunn County District Attorney James Peterson announced the ruling, after the state Justice Department looked into the raid in which Dennis Grohn was shot. Investigators said Grohn sold $200 worth of methamphetamine to an undercover agent just hours before an Eau Claire SWAT team led officers into Grohn’s home without knocking.
The state’s report said the 32-year-old Grohn got up from a chair, made a growling sound, ran into Dunn County Deputy Peter Forbes, and got into a football-type stance. At that point, Forbes said he feared for his life and others, and made the decision to shoot Grohn. Fall Creek officer Adam Prorok fired a second shot when he entered the area and observed Grohn and Forbes scuffling — and at one point, he said Grohn had a hand on Forbes’ rifle, which raised enough fears for him to decide to shoot. An autopsy showed that Grohn died from the two gunshot wounds.