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DOJ: Investigation complete into July 13 gas station shootings in Racine County

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Shooting reported at Mobil station in Franksville

Law enforcement officers are seen the morning of July 13 in the parking lot of a Mobil gas station at 10616 Northwestern Ave. in the Franksville area of Caledonia, where a reported shootout between an undercover Racine County investigator and active shooter John McCarthy ended in McCarthy’s death.

RACINE — As expected, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office investigator who shot active shooter John McCarthy on the morning of July 13 at a Mobil gas station on Highway K in the Franksville area of Caledonia will not face charges.

John R. McCarthy


According to law enforcement officials, McCarthy fatally shot Anthony F. “Nino” Griger, 22, of Elkhorn, execution style at Pilot Travel Center, 13712 Northwestern Ave. (Highway K), adjacent to Interstate 94 and 2.3 miles northwest of the Mobil station. He then traveled east.

The investigator was filling up his unmarked vehicle at the Mobil station, 10616 Northwestern Ave. in Franksville, when McCarthy approached, armed; the investigator ended up being shot and also shot McCarthy, who then killed himself. The officer, who has not been publicly identified, spent a week in the hospital.

McCarthy was 32 and lived in Hartland.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, which investigates all officer-involved critical incidents in the state, reported that its investigation was concluded Wednesday.

According to the Department of Justice, “the Racine County District Attorney determined there is no basis to prosecute the law enforcement officer involved.”

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