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.
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.