Wisconsin Warehouse Employee Killed 2 Co-Workers, Then Kills Self, Police Say

An employee at the Roundy's Distribution Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, killed two co-workers on Wednesday morning before taking their own life, police said.

The City of Oconomowoc Police Department said they received a call of a possible industrial accident on Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m., but learned "quickly" that it was no an industrial play and foul play was involved.

"Squads from the City of Oconomowoc responded to the scene and located a patient who was pulseless and not breathing. A short time later, a second patient was located who was also pulseless and not breathing. Life saving measures were conducted but were unsuccessful. Both subjects were pronounced deceased at the scene," the department said in a Wednesday statement.

"An immediate perimeter was established in an attempt to locate a potential suspect," police added. "While searching the scene and gathering information, a suspect vehicle was located in Milwaukee County and a pursuit ensured. The suspect vehicle crashed, and the possible suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene from a self-inflicted gun shot wound."

Thomas Bennett, secretary treasurer for Teamsters Local Union No. 200, which represents the warehouse's workers, confirmed the deaths to Newsweek.

"General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 has heavy hearts this morning and will hold our comments until the authorities have fully completed their investigation," the union said in a Wednesday statement. "The Local Union has been in contact with several of our Roundy's Union Stewards and Kroger Corporate management in Cincinnati, Ohio throughout the evening about the situation, and with respect to our Membership and their Families, we offer our sincere thoughts and prayers."

This morning, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said a fatal car crash that occurred on the city's northwest side at 5:23 am. is "related to an incident in Oconomowoc."

WISN 12 News reported that the suspect took their own life after pursuit and crashed in between 92nd and Townsend in Milwaukee, 30 miles east of Oconomowoc.

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A view inside the warehouse of the distribution center at the Capital Area Food Bank on April 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. At least two people died during a tactical situation at the Roundy's Distribution Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin early Wednesday morning, union officials confirmed. Drew Angerer/Getty

Around 3 a.m., a police spokesperson confirmed the warehouse was under lockdown and there was an "active tactical incident."

As of late Wednesday morning, police said there is no active threat to the community and that the incident remains ongoing. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin Department of Criminal investigation will be conducting the initial investigation of the incident at the warehouse.

"We are working with Roundy's Management to safely get all employees off the premise while the investigation continues," police announced.

The 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center employs close to 1,000 people and distributes food to 106 stores across Wisconsin and 44 in Illinois.

On Wednesday morning, over a dozen semi trucks waited nearby to begin daily deliveries as the lockdown continued.

Roundy's is a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based Kroger that operates Pick 'n Save and Metro Market stores in Wisconsin and Mariano's grocery stores in northern Illinois.

Updated 11:17 AM ET, with additional information.