ONTONAGON, MI – A 23-year-old Upper Peninsula man is recovering tonight after being shot by a 24-yr-old.
On Sunday February 9th, 2020, at approximately 8:35 a.m., Negaunee Regional Dispatch received a 911 call advising a man had been shot.
The Ontonagon Sheriff’s Department along with Michigan State Police, Wakefield Post responded to the incident. The investigation into the incident determined a 24-year-old man from Greenland Township shot a 23-year-old man from the Village of Ontonagon.
The suspect has been identified as Cole Wascher, 24-years-old, of Greenland Township.
The victim told police that Wascher threatened him with a gun. When the victim tried to defend himself, Cole Wascher shot him.
The victim was transported to the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital where he was later transferred to the Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
The suspect was located by area law enforcement and was taken into custody where he was lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail.
Cole Wascher was arraigned on February 10th in 98th District Court in Ontonagon County on one count of Assault with Intent to Murder, a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for life or any number of years. Wascher was also charged with Felony Firearm, a felony punishable by imprisonment for 2 years. Wascher remains lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail on a $200,000 cash/surety. Wascher’s next court appearances will be on February 24 at 1:30 p.m. for a probable cause hearing and again on March 2 at 10:00 am for the preliminary examination.
The Michigan State Police, Wakefield Post is handling the investigation. The Marquette Forensic Lab, Iron Mountain Post and Ontonagon Sheriff Department assisted with the investigation.