Police have identified the armed robbery suspect killed during an officer-involved shooting outside an Ashwaubenon hotel as Dustin M. Kuik, 25.
Kuik was convicted of robbery with threat of force in 2013, according to Wisconsin online court records. Records show he was sentenced to 10 months in jail, but the sentence was withheld in favor of probation.
Kuik was fatally wounded during a shootout early Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Quality Inn-Stadium Area Hotel on Holmgren Way. The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office had alerted Ashwaubenon authorities that Kuik, the suspect in a September 7 robbery at KK Unimart in Mishicot, was believed to be staying at the hotel.
At 12:58 a.m., an Ashwaubenon Public Safety officer saw a white SUV matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and followed it. Once enough backup arrived, officers tried stopping the SUV, which led them into the parking lot of the hotel.
At first the driver ignored officers’ commands to get out of the vehicle. Action 2 News obtained the police recording:
“742 dispatch, driver’s refusing to get out. See if we can get additional squads here.”
Officers then radioed that the suspect had threatened to kill himself if they approached the car.
“Dispatch, suspect said don’t come near the vehicle. Made reference to suicide.”
Moments later, police warn the hotel as the situation intensifies.
“Tell lobby, lock their doors, lock their doors.”
“The male driver does have a .32 to his head. Said, ‘Do not come near the vehicle.'”
Eventually the Kuik started walking toward the hotel entrance, and then:
“Stating shots fired.”
Shots were fired by both Kuik and an Ashwaubenon Public Safety officer, officers said. Kuik was the only one shot. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
“The suspect, a male, got out of the driver’s seat with a gun and refused to listen to officer commands. He started entering the hotel and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and officers,” said Capt. Jody Crocker, Ashwaubenon Public Safety. “The suspect is dead. The officer’s not injured.”
Officers say a woman and two children were in the car with Kuik, but they were not hurt.
The glass in the lobby door was shattered by bullets. No one in the hotel was hurt, either.
It’s still unclear at this point who shot first and who fired the fatal shot, officers or Kuik.
“The Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department wants to inform the public that this was an isolated incident and that the public is not in any danger,” police said in a news release.
Because this is an officer-involved shooting, the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is, by law, handling the case and processed the scene with the help of the Green Bay Police Department.