Funeral services are scheduled for Friday for a western Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy who was fatally shot over the weekend while checking on a suspicious vehicle.
Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze, who was shot late Saturday in a field near Ladysmith, leaves behind wife Sarah and three children: Kendall, 18; Levi, 5; and Eliana, 5 months.
Visitation is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cameron Elementary School, with the funeral to follow. Afterward, a squad car procession will escort Glaze to a private graveside service for his family and members of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.
Douglas Nitek, 43, was arrested late Sunday morning after deputies were fired upon once by the suspect at his home, police said. Nitek remains jailed pending charges. Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting or the circumstances surrounding the encounter.
Nitek’s criminal history in Wisconsin reaches back to the mid-1990s and includes convictions for sexual assault, theft, fleeing police, disorderly conduct, multiple instances of drunken driving and attempting to pass bad checks.
Glaze had been with the Sheriff’s Office for 1½ years.
“Deputy Glaze’s time with us was short, but his service will forever be appreciated,” read the Sheriff’s Office statement announcing arrangements. “Deputy Glaze is gone but not forgotten.”
Previously, he was with the Hayward Police Department for eight years and at the same time worked for the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office in the jail and handling prisoner transports. His first job after graduating from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake was with the Fall Creek Police Department.
Glaze was known affectionately to his family as Boone, reads his funeral notice. He grew up in the Birchwood area, about 35 miles northwest of Ladysmith.
Along with his wife and children, Glaze is survived by his parents, Dan and Jan Glaze; and his brothers John and Allen Glaze.