Officer Injured, Suspect at Large After Incident at Festge Park

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Michelle Phillips

DANE COUNTY–A Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured in Festge County Park, located on Scherbel Road between Cross Plains and Black Earth, Thursday night when she responded to a call of a suspicious person in the park. 

In a social media post, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) said the suspect allegedly attacked the deputy with an “edged weapon.” She responded by firing her weapon during the altercation. The man then fled on foot. 

She was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital and released.

The sheriff’s office urged area residents to stay inside with their doors and windows locked on Thursday night during the incident.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene last night, and the sheriff’s department tweeted they were in the Town of Berry searching for the suspect at 10:40 p.m.

Westbound lanes of US 14, which intersects with Scherbel were closed last night while investigators combed the area.

On Friday morning, the suspect was still at large. He is described as a white male wearing black pants and a black hoodie.The DCSO is asking anyone with information about the incident to call 911 immediately.

In response to the incident, Middleton Cross Plains Area School District implemented a “building hold” Glacier Creek Middle School and Park Elementary School in Cross Plains.

When students arrived at school Friday morning, they were immediately brought inside. Once inside, students will not be permitted outdoors, and visitors will not be allowed in the buildings until the suspect has been captured. Police were stationed at the schools during arrival this morning.

On Friday morning the DCSO announced that investigation had been handed over the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation.

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