Douglas Co. deputy shoots, kills armed suspect

Authorities say man pointed rifle at deputy

Published On: Jan 01 2013 02:07:41 PM CST
TOWN OF GORDON, Wis. -

A sheriff's deputy in Douglas County shot and killed a man who authorities said pointed a rifle at the officer.

The deputy was unhurt in the incident early Tuesday. The Duluth News Tribune reported that officers were called to a domestic disturbance with a report of gunfire at about 1:40 a.m. at a home in the Town of Gordon, about 40 miles south of Superior.

Sheriff Tom Dalbec said the suspect fled the residence, but was found a short time later walking along a highway. When a deputy confronted the man, the suspect allegedly pointed a rifle at him which prompted the deputy to fire his weapon at the suspect.

The man died a short time later at a hospital in Duluth; his name has not been released.

The deputy has been placed on standard paid administrative leave.