Law Enforcement Remembers Deputy Dan Glaze

Law Enforcement Remembers Deputy Dan Glaze

[Editor's Note: To read all of the updates on Rusk County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Glaze: click HERE]

(Officer Down Memorial Page) -- Deputy Sheriff Dan Glaze was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle on Broken Arrow Road, near Highway 27, at approximately 11:00 pm.

He had arrived at the scene and located the vehicle in a field. He radioed in a description of the vehicle but did not respond to additional radio traffic or calls to his cell phone. Responding units found him inside his patrol car suffering from a gunshot wound.

A suspect was identified and located at his home approximately 11 hours later. The man fired at deputies from the residence before being taken into custody.

Deputy Glaze had served with the Rusk County Sheriff's Office for 18 months and had served in law enforcement for seven years.

Glaze was only 33 years old.  

Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc.

It is with great sadness WLEM announces the on duty death of Rusk County Sheriff Department Deputy Dan Glaze. At approximately 11:00 p.m. on October 29, 2016, Deputy Glaze was investigating a suspicious vehicle south of the City of Ladysmith. Subsequent radio and telephone calls from dispatch were not answered by Deputy Glaze. Deputy Glaze was located by responding officers, who found him in his patrol squad with a fatal gunshot wound.

Deputy Glaze had 7 years experience in law enforcement, with the last 1.5 years with the Rusk County Sheriff's Department. WLEM would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Deputy Glaze's family and friends, as well as his extended family at the Rusk County Sheriff's Department.

His name will be added to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial in Madison as well as the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.

Washburn County Sheriff's Office

"Thoughts and prayers to the family of this young Rusk County Deputy Sheriff. Washburn County Sheriff's Office is assisting as well. Nothing more tragic than losing one of our own to a senseless criminal act. As information becomes available to the public you will see why this Deputy's death was a senseless barbaric criminal act."

Sheriff Dryden

Barron County Sheriff's Department

Prayers to the Family and to the Rusk County Sheriff's Dept . Our Dept is assisting in locating the suspect.

Rice Lake Police Department

We need your help! The suspect involved in the killing of our Brother-in-Blue remains at large. Law enforcement is looking for Doug Nitek. If you see him DO NOT attempt contact with him. Notify law enforcement immediately by calling 911!

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" Ronald Reagan

Cumberland Police Department

The City of Cumberland thoughts and prayers are with the entire Rusk County Sheriff's Department during this difficult time.

Sawyer County Sheriff's Department

Thinking of Rusk County. Anyone with information on the suspect please call in!

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

This one hits too close to home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the deputy's family and friends, as well as the men & women of the Rusk County Sheriff's Office. May he Rest In Peace.

Spooner Police Department

A Deputy from the Rusk County Sheriffs Office was shot and killed in the line of duty last night.

One suspect is in custody. Deputy Dan Glaze (EOW 10/29/2016) / Rest In Peace Brother

Sawyer County K-9

Dan, we made it through the academy what seems like ages ago then both began working patrol here. We worked together on many cases half of which you made for yourself through your hard work and relentless pursuit of creating more paperwork. When I got the call last night to respond, I was for a moment overcome but I knew we had a job to do..to find the person who did this and we succeeded. As I write this I'm watching my thin blue line flag blowing in the wind and it reminds me of why we do this job; the job you had such a passion for. Dan you were my friend, my colleague, and will forever be our brother.


Hayward Police Department

During the late evening hours of Saturday, October 29, 2016 Deputy Dan Glaze of the Rusk County Sheriffs Department was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint. Prior to being employed at the Rusk County Sheriffs Department, Dan Glaze was an Officer of the City of Hayward Police Department from June of 2007 until March of 2015.

Dan was an extremely valuable and hardworking officer that worked relentlessly in pursing criminal activity and protecting the citizens of Hayward. Dan had a passion for police work and helping the citizens he protected and served.

The City of Hayward Police Department sends its condolences, thoughts and prayers to Dan’s wife, children, extended family and law enforcement brothers and sisters of the Rusk County Sheriffs Department. Dan will always be in our hearts and his service will never be forgotten. It is a sad day when one person’s evil actions can cause a tragedy such as this and alter the course of so many people’s lives. Thank you to all law enforcement agencies that assisted in taking the suspect into custody.

Joel P Clapero / Chief of Police 

Rusk County Sheriff's Department

On (Sunday) October 30, 2016 at 10:18am while deploying the Eau Claire County Regional Robot to search a residence at the scene of the incident for the suspect, Doug Nitek, deputies were fired upon 1 time before the suspect, Mr. Nitek, surrendered without further incident.

Mr. Nitek remains in custody in an area jail awaiting formal charges.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department wishes to thank everyone, especially all the local law enforcement that assisted them during this tragedy.

The deputy that was killed in the line of duty was 33 yr old Deputy Dan Glaze, a 7 year veteran in law enforcement with the last 1 ½ years with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department.

Please keep the family of the fallen officer and the men and women of the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department in your prayers.

--Jeff Wallace Rusk County Sheriff

St. Croix County Sheriff's Office

Please keep the family of Deputy Dan Glaze and the men and women of the Rusk County Sheriff's Office in your thoughts and prayers.

This post is replacing our original post since the suspect has been reported to be in custody. Following the example set by the Rice Lake Police Department, we are removing his photo from our page as he doesn't deserve to be among our thoughts of love and prayers for Deputy Glaze and his family.

Polk County Sheriff's Department

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Rusk County Deputy Sheriff Dan Glaze. We extend our deepest sympathy to Deputy Glaze's family, coworkers and friends. We focus our attention, thoughts and prayers on this loss and those affected by it. We do not focus on the evil that caused it.

Last Update: Oct 31, 2016 8:31 am CDT

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