RIP. Another LEO dead. What will happen when brave men and women refuse to work this difficult job?
Northern Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy shot, killed; suspect arrested
By Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press on Oct 30, 2016 at 7:01 p.m.
A sheriff’s deputy in western Wisconsin was fatally shot Saturday night, and authorities arrested a 43-year-old man in connection with the shooting on Sunday morning.
The suspect, Doug Nitek, 43, was captured about 10:20 a.m. after law-enforcement officials dispatched the Eau Claire County. Wis., Regional Robot to search a residence. Deputies were fired upon once before Nitek surrendered, according to a news release from the Rusk County, Wis., sheriff’s office.
Deputy Dan Glaze, of the Rusk County sheriff’s office, was fatally shot just before 11 p.m. Saturday after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle near Ladysmith, Wis. Glaze, 33, radioed back to the sheriff’s department after he found the vehicle in a field on Broken Arrow Road, east of Wisconsin 27, just south of Ladysmith.
Dispatch lost contact with Glaze and when backup arrived minutes later, they found Glaze had been shot and killed, according to the sheriff’s office.
Glaze, a seven-year law enforcement veteran, had been with the Rusk County sheriff’s office for the past 1 1/2 years. Previously, he was with the Hayward Police Department for eight years.
No information was given Sunday as to how investigators determined the Nitek was the suspect. He remains in custody in an area jail, authorities said.
“The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department wishes to thank everyone, especially all the local law enforcement that assisted them during this tragedy,” the news release states.
“Please keep the family of the fallen officer and the men and women of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department in your prayers.”
Soon after news of Glaze’s death spread, relatives of Dan and Sarah Glaze posted on Facebook the image of a blue band spanning a Rusk County Sheriff’s Officer’s badge.
Glaze worked for the Hayward Police Department for eight years before joining the Rusk County sheriff’s office last year, according to the Sawyer County Record.
According to the sheriff:
The deputy responded to a suspicious vehicle call and radioed dispatch that he had located the vehicle in a field.
Dispatch lost contact with Glaze, and backup deputies arrived minutes later and discovered that he had been fatally shot.
Area law enforcement responded from the Ladysmith and Rice Lake police departments, the Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Eau Claire County SWAT teams and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Rusk County is made up of 24 townships, eight villages and one city. The Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the entire county, with the exception of the City of Ladysmith, which has its own Police Department.
Nitek had been released in August on a $5,000 signature bond after being charged the previous month in Sawyer County, Wis., with first-degree recklessly endangering safety — a felony — and misdemeanor charges of resisting or obstructing an officer, criminal damage to property, and ignition interlock device tampering/failure to install, court records show.
His criminal history in Wisconsin dates back to 1992 and includes convictions of disorderly conduct, fleeing police, resisting or obstructing an officer, fourth-degree sexual assault, criminal damage to property, and several charges of driving while intoxicated.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune contributed to this report.