Psychological Science Colloquium

Niagara Train Bridge Shooting

Anthony O’Neill, Detective (Retired)
Marinette County Sheriff’s Office

Recent events involving active shooters have shocked the nation and demonstrate the need to understand the motivations and methods of these violent criminals. Many of these offenders either commit suicide or are killed by law enforcement so interviews with the shooters are rare.

This presentation is a case study of the Kingsford/Iron Mountain Train Bridge Shootings, a horrific event which occurred on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan. This shooting resulted in the death of 3 teenagers by an assailant armed with a high-powered rifle.

One of the reasons this case study is unique is that the shooter was taken into custody and interviewed. Retired Detective Tony O’Neill will take you through the events of July 31, 2008 and the subsequent arrest and interview with the shooter. This case study is intended to provide insight into the thought process and methods of an active shooter in hopes the information will help identify potential offenders and prevent future events. Investigator O’Neill will also discuss the challenges of investigating large outdoor crime scenes and the value of interagency cooperation.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Jamrich Hall, 1322

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