Cop-Killer Given Life Sentence for Murder of Rusk County Deputy

MENOMONIE, Wis. – According to a press release by the Wisconsin Department of Justice-On Wednesday, December 19, St. Croix County Judge Scott Needham sentenced Doug S. Nitek, 46, to life in prison, without the eligibility to petition for release on extended supervision, for the October 29, 2016 slaying of Rusk County Deputy Sheriff Dan Glaze. Nitek was found guilty of first degree intentional homicide in September.

“Our hearts and prayers remain with the Glaze family and the community of Rusk County,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “Today a cop-killer gets the justice he deserves for senselessly taking away a father and husband from his family.”

On October 29, 2016, Deputy Glaze observed a suspicious vehicle in a farm field when Nitek fired six times at Deputy Glaze, fatally striking him. When dispatchers where unable to reach Deputy Glaze on his radio, backup from multiple local law enforcement agencies arrived on scene and were met by gunfire from Nitek. Law enforcement was able to utilize multiple armored vehicles to approach the trailer Nitek was in, eventually resulting in his surrender.

The trial took place from September 17, 2018 to September 25, 2018 in Dunn County.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) assisted the investigation into the incident, which was led by the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by DOJ Assistant Attorneys General Richard Dufour and Amber Hahn.