Rusk County, WI. Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot, suspect in custody

A Rusk County Deputy Sheriff was fatally shot late at night in western Wisconsin while checking on a suspicious vehicle south of Ladysmith on Broken Arrow Road, just east of Hwy. 27, according to Sheriff Jeff Wallace.

Rusk County, Wi. The incident occurred around 11:00 P.M.  while the Deputy Sheriff was checking a suspicious vehicle.

According to the Sheriff Dispatchers lost contact with Deputy Dan Glaze who was checking on the suspicious vehicle. Other officers had been sent to check on the Deputy’s status and found that he had been shot and killed.

A suspect was immediately identified although it is not clear how. The suspect was identified as Doug Nitek, 43, and was located at a residence near the scene of the shooting at about 10:20 a.m. Sunday. The exact location of the residence was not disclosed.

As Officers approached the residence shots were fired upon them from within the residence. SWAT members deployed a robot within the residence and Nitek surrendered shortly thereafter without further incident.

Nitek is being held at this time for the murder of Deputy Glaze.

Deputy Glaze Was Married With 3 Children, Worked as a Police Officer for 7 Years, Including More Than a Year in Rusk County
The Rusk County Sheriff released the following statements on their Facebook page:

A Rusk County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle in Rusk County and the suspect remains at large.

A Rusk County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle on Broken Arrow Road east of Highway 27 just south of Ladysmith around 10:55 p.m. Saturday night. He radioed back to the department that he had found the vehicle in the field.
Dispatch lost contact with the deputy and when backup arrived minutes later, they found the deputy had been shot and killed.

Anyone with information on the location of a suspect, Doug Nitek, 43, should call 911. The sheriff’s department considers the man armed and dangerous. The suspect remains at large.

The sheriff’s department would like everyone to keep the family of the fallen officer and the men and women of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department in your prayers.

The name of the deputy is not being released at this time.

On the scene along with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department were the Ladysmith and Rice Lake Police Departments, the Barron, Washburn, Sawyer, and Eau Claire County Swat Teams, and the Wisconsin DNR.


Doug Nitek. (Rusk County Sheriff’s Office)

An update was posted shortly after that read:

On (Sunday) October 30, 2016 at 10:18am while deploying the Eau Claire County Regional Robot to search a residence at the scene of the incident for the suspect, Doug Nitek, deputies were fired upon 1 time before the suspect, Mr. Nitek, surrendered without further incident.

Mr. Nitek remains in custody in an area jail awaiting formal charges.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department wishes to thank everyone, especially all the local law enforcement that assisted them during this tragedy.

The deputy that was killed in the line of duty was 33 yr old Deputy Dan Glaze, a 7 year veteran in law enforcement with the last 1 ½ years with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department.

Please keep the family of the fallen officer and the men and women of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department in your prayers.

–Jeff Wallace Rusk County Sheriff

Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze

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