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Authorities: Domestic abuse case led to shootings of deputy, man

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BIG FLATS, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities now say a domestic abuse case from suburban Milwaukee is what led to the shootings of a man and a sheriff’s officer more than 150 miles away in Adams County.

West Allis Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett said his officers got a call around 6 p.m. Tuesday that a 52-year-old woman was missing under suspicious circumstances.

Investigators then tracked her and her 55-year-old husband to the Adams County town of Big Flats. Officers were called to a house there around 7:30 p.m.

Sheriff Sam Wollin said the man fired several shots at the officers – and he wounded an Adams County deputy before shooting himself. Wollin did not disclose the extent of the injuries, or the names of the two men involved.

The woman had obtained a restraining order, in which a judge ordered the husband to stay away from her due to recent domestic incidents.

An investigation continues. 

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