Sheriff's deputy shot and killed in western Wisconsin

It's the third death of a law enforcement officer in western Wisconsin in a month


Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Law enforcement members comforted each other after Deputy Kaitie Leising's body was carried into a Baldwin, Wisc. funeral home Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2023.

A western Wisconsin sheriff's deputy was shot and killed Saturday night, the third such on-duty shooting death of a law enforcement officer in the region in a month, officials said.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office identified the slain deputy as Kaitie Leising, 29, who had been with the department since 2022. The suspect also is dead.

"We will miss her infectious smile and personality," Sheriff Scott Knudson said in a statement. "She will be missed by all she touched."

St. Croix County Sheriff's Deputy Katie Leising was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday night.


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