Superior Wisconsin Police Department
|Dates of Service||2007 - August 4, 2022.|
|Last Known Status||Resigned|
On March 21, 2017, Swanson received a Meritorious Conduct award after he and several other officers responded to a "man with a gun" call, negotiated through a stand off, kept a safe perimeter, and dealt with upset citizens. Swanson also received a Letter of Commendation after he and other officers executed a warrant arrest of a man who was found with a firearm and meth. Swanson received a second Letter of Commendation for proactive policing and intelligence gathering to locate and arrest two men wanted for violent crimes.
2019 Letter of Commendation
On February 18, 2019, Swanson received a Letter of Commendation for his investigation and extensive follow-up of a robbery and stabbing.
On July 15, 2022, Swanson was off-duty when he crashed his car into a disabled car. Michael Evans, who was pushing the car, and his infant son Elijah Ojanen were both killed.
Swanson drove to a gas station and contacted the police. Witnesses saw him throw out several alcoholic drinks, which were recovered when police arrived.
Responding officers found Swanson to have glossy, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol. Swanson's blood alcohol content was .19.
Swanson was placed on paid administrative leave after the crash.
On August 4, 2022, Swanson resigned.
On August 22, 2022, Swanson was charged with 8 felonies, including two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, two counts of a hit-and-run resulting in death, two counts of a hit-and-run resulting in injury, and two counts of homicide while driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration. Six of the counts could each result in up to 25 years in prison or a fine of up to $100,000. The two other charges each carry a fine of up to $10,000 or nine months in jail.
On September 19, 2022, Swanson pleaded not guilty to all eleven charges against him.
- Danielle Kaeding, Former Superior police officer now faces a dozen charges in off-duty crash that killed 2, WPR, 2022-08-25
- Officers perform exemplary duty, Superior Telegram, 2017-03-24
- Maria Lockwood, Awards list from SPD's Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony, Superior Telegram, 2019-03-05
- Amended Criminal Complaint, Wisconsin Circuit Court, 2022-08-22
- Briggs LeSavage, Superior police officer pleads not guilty after fatal crash, KBJR6, 2022-09-19