Hundreds of officers gather for Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy shot dead by drunk driver

Hundreds of officers gather for Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy shot dead by drunk driver

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from several states joined other mourners on Friday to pay their last respects to a Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy who was fatally shot by a suspected drunk driver during a traffic stop.

St. Croix County Sheriff’s Deputy Caitlin “Katy” R. Leising’s funeral was held in the gymnasium of Hudson High School while a montage of photos from her life was shown on a large screen overhead. Leasing’s family, including his wife, Courtney, and their 3-month-old son, Sylar, stood by the casket and hugged visitors.

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Mourners included a large delegation from the Pennington County, South Dakota, sheriff’s office where Leasing worked before moving to St. Croix County last year.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country gathered for the funeral procession for St. Croix County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Deputy Caitlin Leasing on Friday. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

After the funeral, a law enforcement procession was scheduled to carry her casket from high school in Hudson to a church in Baldwin.

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Leising, 29, was killed May 6 in Glenwood, about 60 miles east of Minneapolis. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has said that Leasing and driver Jeremiah Johnson were discussing a field sobriety test when he pulled a handgun and shot her. He discharged his weapon three times, but none of the rounds hit Johnson before he fled into a nearby wooded area. Leesing was declared brought dead at the hospital.

An hour after the shooting, an officer heard gunshots in the woods. Investigators said Johnson, 34, killed himself.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the lynching death of an on-duty law enforcement officer was the third fatal shooting in western Wisconsin in a month.


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