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Suspect in Appleton Shooting was Out on Bond from FDL County Jail


Court documents show the man accused of shooting and killing Appleton firefighter Mitch Lundgaard on Wednesday night had been released from the Fond du Lac County Jail after posting bond. Ruben Houston was released from jail May 4th after posting a $500 cash bond. He was facing up to 15 years in prison on a felony drug possession charge, following a traffic stop where drugs were found in his possession. Bond for Houston was initially set at $5,000 at his first court appearance on April 24th of this year, but was adjusted down to $500 on May 3rd. The next day, Houston posted the bond and was released. Houston died at the scene of Wednesday’s shooting after exchanging gunfire with police.

Emergency crews responded to the Valley Transit Center in Appleton around 5:30 Wednesday night for a report that a man, now identified as Houston, was having a seizure on a bus. After first responders provided medical attention to him, he walked away from the scene and at some point pulled a gun and started firing. Appleton Police Officer Paul Christensen and 30-year-old Brittany L. Schowalter, a bystander, were injured in the shooting, with Lundgaard dying from his injuries Wednesday night at a hospital.

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