St. Croix County deputy killed in line of duty is identified

NOW: St. Croix County deputy killed in line of duty is identified

Updated: 4:12 p.m. on May 7, 2023

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office reports that the deputy who was killed yesterday in the officer-involved shooting has been identified as Deputy Kaitie Leising, who was 29.

The report states, "Deputy Leising served with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office since 2022." Before that, she was with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office in South Dakota, for about 2 years.

Deputy Leising has a law enforcement escort from the medical examiner's office in Ramsey County, MN to the funeral home.

The report goes on to say, "Our love and condolences go out to the family of Kaitie Leising and all those with whom she served. We, as a law enforcement family, will do everything possible to continue to provide support and comfort to her family. We will miss her infections smile and personality. She will be missed by all she touched."

Additionally, the report says, "Funeral arrangements with Law Enforcement Honors are pending and out of respect for the family, no additional information is available at this time."

Published: 5:17 a.m. on May 7, 2023

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in St. Croix County. Officials say it happened just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

The DOJ reports a St. Croix County Sheriff's deputy responded to a potential drunk driving incident near the township of Glenwood, and after they arrived, the deputy reported hearing gunshots. Officials say the deputy was hit and taken to a hospital where they later died. The suspect ran away and was later found dead in a wooded area with a gunshot wound.

Officials say there is no current threat to the community, and the names of the deputy and the suspect have not been released. The Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police posted on Facebook that this is the fourth officer to be killed in the line of duty this year.

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