SAWYER COUNTY -- On 03/28/18 at 1:40 a.m. the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a stabbing that occurred at a residence located on County Highway E in the Town of Sand Lake in Sawyer County.  Sawyer County Deputies responded to the scene assisted, by Sawyer County Ambulance EMTs/Paramedic and the LCO Fire Department.

After arriving on the scene, Deputies took a 20-year-old male suspect into custody outside of the residence.  The 38-year-old male victim was treated by EMS personnel and subsequently transported to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital with stab wounds to his upper chest area and to his right hand. The male victim was later transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.  The male victim’s current medical condition is unknown at this time. The 38-year-old male victim has been identified as Gary R. Butler Jr.  

The 20-year-old male suspect has been identified as Gary W. Butler III, reported to be the son of the male victim.  Gary W. Butler III has been charged in Sawyer County Circuit Court with attempted homicide and remains in custody on $25,000 cash bond. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This incident remains under investigation.  There is no further information available at this time.

Sheriff Douglas Mrotek



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