An attorney for the family of a Wisconsin resident who was shot and killed by a Polk County sheriff’s deputy in 2018 told Axios this week that the shooting “more likely than not was justified.”
Why it matters: The case drew questions over why video evidence was withheld for more than two years after the shooting.
It also cost the county at least $170,000 to settle legal disputes.
Flashback: Polk County sheriff’s officials said Isaiah Hayes robbed a Grinnell Walmart and led law enforcement on two high-speed chases on July 17, 2018.
Polk deputy Ryan Phillips shot and killed Hayes as he tried to flee on foot in an Altoona neighborhood, sheriff’s officials said.
Hayes was holding a gun at the time of the shooting, according to the sheriff’s officials. Methamphetamine was later found in Hayes’ system, autopsy records show.