- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2016

LADYSMITH, Wis. (AP) - A suspect is in custody after the fatal shooting of a western Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy, Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Wallace said Sunday.

The suspect is in jail awaiting formal charges, Wallace said in a statement. Authorities were deploying the Eau Claire County Regional Robot on Sunday to search a residence when they were fired at. The man surrendered without further incident, Wallace said.

He identified the deputy killed Saturday evening near Ladysmith as 33-year-old Dan Glaze.

Officials said the deputy was shot while looking into a suspicious vehicle. Glaze served for 1 1/2 years at the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department, Wallace said. Hayward police Chief Joel Clapero said in a statement that Glaze previously worked at that department from 2007 into 2015.

Wallace said the deputy responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle and told dispatch that it was in a field. Dispatch lost contact, and when backup arrived a short time later, the deputy had been fatally shot.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told the Leader-Telegram that Glaze didn’t respond to his radio or his cellphone. He was found dead in his squad car, Fitzgerald said.

Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement that the public is now safe after the suspect’s apprehension.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I offer prayers and sincere condolences after Wisconsin law enforcement lost one of its own last evening,” Schimel said in the Sunday release.

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