Deputy Shot and Killed Saturday Night; Suspect Arrested


LADYSMITH, WI — 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.

On Sunday, 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, Nitek, surrendered without further incident.

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