LADYSMITH, Wisconsin- 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, according to the agency.

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.

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