Suspect arrested after Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy killed

Doug Nitek. Photo: Eau Claire Police Department.
Doug Nitek. Photo: Eau Claire Police Department.

LADYSMITH, Wis. (WBAY) – Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin say they have arrested a suspect who shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Office says 43-year-old Doug Nitek fired one shot at their deputies at 10:18 a.m. Sunday when they sent a robot to search his home. He eventually surrendered and was taken into jail, where he is awaiting formal charges.

“Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze gave his life protecting his community,” said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Nitek is accused of shooting and killing a Rusk County Sheriff’s deputy who has been identified as 33-year-old Dan Glaze, a 7-year-veteran in law enforcement.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel released a statement Sunday afternoon saying, “Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze gave his life protecting his community. Now his family, friends and colleagues are forced to bear the pain of losing him. I offer my prayers for them and for all in the law enforcement community who are grieving this tragic loss.”

Glaze responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle around 10:55 p.m. Saturday on Broken Arrow Road, east of Highway 27, just south of Ladysmith, when he was shot and killed. Backup was sent after Glaze lost contact with dispatch.

Glaze worked with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office for 1 1/2 years, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.

“Following last evening’s tragedy, a number of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies continued the hunt to find the suspect who killed Deputy Glaze. Earlier today, the suspect was apprehended and the public is now safe. Thousands of law enforcement personnel in this state put their life on the line every single day, for our safety,” Schimel said. “May the safety of our men and women in blue be in our prayers every day, as we realize the sacrifices they must make so that we may live in safe and secure communities.”

Many police departments in northeast Wisconsin showed their solidarity for the fallen deputy on social media. Gov. Scott Walker also released a statement. Below is a selection of a few of their messages.