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Shooting Spree Leaves Wisconsin Police Officer, Three Others, Dead

A shooting spree in Wisconsin has left four people dead, including an Everest Metro police officer.

The incident began yesterday just after noon in Rothschild, WI. Reports of shots fired came from multiple locations and officers descended upon the area. 

Four people were ultimately killed in the incident and the suspect was ultimately taken into custody after a several-hours standoff. 

The identify of the fallen officer has not yet been released; however, he is the 278th officer killed in the line of duty in Wisconsin history. 

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Man Stabs Mother to Death, Shoots at Police in Wild 50 Mile Chase

Logan Reese;  Photo: St. Croix County Jail

Logan Reese; Photo: St. Croix County Jail

A man suspected of stabbing his mother to death in Hudson, WI also shot at police during a long 50-mile chase late Saturday night.

Police allege that Logan Reese, 28, stabbed his mother to death following a domestic incident. When police attempted to locate Reese at his home they discovered his house was ablaze.

Police finally caught up with Reese and he initiated a vehicle chase that lasted 50 miles and into Minnesota. During the chase, Reese allegedly fired multiple rounds at pursuing officers.

After Reese crashed his vehicle in Taylor Falls, MN, more gunfire was exchanged before Reese apparently took his own life.

No officers were reported injured in the incident. 

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Wisconsin Deputy Shot and Killed, Suspect in Custody

Deputy Dan Glaze;  Photo: via Facebook

Deputy Dan Glaze; Photo: via Facebook

A suspect is in custody related to the shooting death of a Wisconsin sheriff's deputy late Saturday night. 

Rusk County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Glaze was shot and killed as he responded to a suspicious vehicle event.

Authorities identified Doug Nitek, 43, as the suspect in the shooting and tracked him down to an undisclosed location by Sunday morning.

After exchanging gunfire with the deputies attempting to take him into custody, Nitek was arrested without further incident.

Deputy Glaze, 33, was a 7-year veteran law enforcement officer.

Deputy Glaze was the 48th police officer killed by gunfire so far in 2016, a 55% increase from 2015.

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Wisconsin Inmate Accused of Conspiring to Murder Madison Police Officer

Alijouwon T. Watkins;  Photo: Dane Co. Jail

Alijouwon T. Watkins; Photo: Dane Co. Jail

An inmate serving time in a Wisconsin correctional facility is being accused of conspiring to arrange for the murder of a Madison, WI police officer.

The accused, 20-year old Alijouwon T. Watkins, allegedly took measures to arrange for the murder of a female police officer who had previously arrested Watkins for a domestic violence incident.

Watkins allegedly even went so far as to move money to pay for the murder. The suspect also allegedly knew the officer's personal details, including her address, phone number, and identifying information. 

Authorities say that the officer has been moved to desk duty during the investigation.

They are asking prosecutors to charge Watkins with conspiracy to commit homicide and solicitation to commit perjury (related to an alleged attempt to contrive false witness testimony over his domestic violence case).

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Cop, Good Samaritan Shot in Struggle With Suspect Over Gun

Officer Stephanie Wiener;  Photo: Appleton Police Department

Officer Stephanie Wiener; Photo: Appleton Police Department

Authorities have identified the officer shot and wounded early Saturday morning during an altercation with a theft suspect as Appleton, WI police officer Stephanie Wiener. 

Officer Wiener had confronted 23-year old suspect Marcus Felton just after midnight on Saturday after she recognized him as a suspect in a string of convenience store thefts. When she contacted Felton, a violent fight ensued.

Good samaritans came to the aid of Officer Wiener as she fought the suspect; however, Felton was able to wrest Officer Wiener's gun away from her. 

The suspect opened fire and struck Officer Wiener in the hip. One of the good samaritans was also struck with gunfire in the upper chest.

Felton then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself dead.

Officer Wiener and the injured good samaritan were transported to a local hospital for treatment. They are both expected to survive.

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Steven Avery, Focus of Netflix Documentary Making a Murderer, To Get New Attorney

Steven Avery;  Photo: AP/stevenavery.com

Steven Avery; Photo: AP/stevenavery.com

Steven Avery, the convicted Wisconsin murderer and focus of the wildly popular Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, is getting a new lawyer, reported the Daily Mail.

Kathleen Zellner, a Chicago-based attorney known for her success in obtaining post-conviction victories, has joined Avery’s team.

Her law firm released a statement that read, in part, “The Law Firm of Kathleen T Zellner and Associates PC is pleased to announce that it will be assuming the full and complete representation of Steven Avery in all of his pending criminal matters.”

The documentary, popular enough to have inspired a petition to the White House calling on President Obama to pardon Avery (something he cannot do for a state-level criminal conviction), is nonetheless drawing a great deal of scrutiny and criticism over it’s unbalanced portrayal of Mr. Avery’s murder case. 

Many pundits and attorneys have criticized the documentary for excluding evidence that directly pointed to Mr. Avery’s guilt while instead focusing attention on Mr. Avery as a largely sympathetic character.

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Wisconsin K9 Officer and Former Green Beret Killed in Vehicle Accident

A United States Army veteran, former Green Beret, and three year veteran Wisconsin police officer has died from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Monday.

Officer Ryan Copeland, 33, was traveling westbound on County Highway N, near the town of Albion, when a vehicle crossing the highway pulled in front of his patrol car and struck him head-on.

He sustained major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Copeland had been with the McFarland police department since 2013 and was a member of the K9 unit. He was on his way to pick up his K9 partner when the accident occurred.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said of Copeland, "Not only is he a hometown hero, but he's a national hero, having been a military officer and deployed on at least two separate occasions before he returned home to serve the citizens of McFarland."

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Wisconsin officer assaulted, confronted with chants of, "We need to start killing these officers"

A Madison (WI) police officer was assaulted when a crowd turned on him as he attempted to arrest a battery suspect.

As the officer approached a female suspect that he had witnessed punching a man in the face a large crowd turned against the officer, chanting anti-police rhetoric, including, "We need to start killing these officers."

The daughter of the woman who the officer was attempting to arrest grabbed at the officer and tried to free her mother. The officer was able to take the two women into custody even though he was under assault by the crowd. 

Madison Police Captain Vic Wahl stated, "He was able to literally get assaulted in the midst of a large crowd and still take these women into custody without causing any injuries to anyone."

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