A summer-long investigation into an officer-involved shooting death is over, and no charges will be filed.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice and Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske Jr. have concluded that Portage County Detective Anthony Gischia acted reasonably when he shot Charles W. Jameson, who had entered Gischia’s home wearing a mask, but was caught inside. “Well, after lengthy investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation through the Department of Justice, over two months of review by them, and lengthy review by me with over one thousand pages of documents, determined that Detective Gischia acted reasonably under the privilege of self defense when he found an intruder in a ski mask dressed in black in his home.”
Molepske says the masked Jameson attacked Gischia, and failed to stop when warned. “That intruder brandished a dangerous weapon, hit the detective with this weapon, and the detective then used self defense by firing two rounds at him, causing Charles Jameson’s death.”
The weapon was a frying pan.
After Jameson was shot, investigators discovered even more evidence showing Jameson intended to harm Gischia and fiancee Brittany Fasching. “His car was searched. In the car, there was multiple loaded firearms, a meat cleaver, handcuffs, a change of clothes, and other things that would lead me and the common bystander reviewing this entire case to determine that Mr. Jameson entered that residence of Detective Gischia and Miss Fasching with the intention to do them harm.
Jameson’s autopsy showed there was also a high level of medications used for treating anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, and seizures, along with antipsychotics and medications for pain.
The Plover home was damaged extensively by several gallons of diesel fuel Jameson had splashed throughout the house preparing to set it on fire.
Molepske confirms that both Detective Gischia and Fasching have resumed normal activities after their dangerous experience in May.
Larry Lee, WSAU