Authorities have reported that while a Dane County Sheriff deputy was on her regular patrol at Cross Plains park, she was stabbed by a ‘suspicious person.’ As a response, the deputy fired the gun. However, the person who stabbed the deputy fled from the site leaving her injured.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation issued a statement that the unidentified deputy who was stabbed on Thursday night while on duty was taken to the nearby hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. And she is expected to recover soon.

In Friday morning’s statement, the Sheriff’s office spokesperson, Elise Schaffer announced that the deputy was released after the initial first aid and is home now.

The statement by the DCI did not explain how many shots were fired by the deputy or whether the ‘suspicious person’ was hit or not. The statement also said, “there are no further details to disclose at this time,” in response to the State Journal query.

According to the DOJ statement, the incident occurred at 8:15 pm when the deputy was patrolling Festge County Park in Cross Plains. While on duty, the deputy contacted the ‘suspicious person,’ who stabbed her with a sharp-edged weapon. The moment this happened, the deputy opened fired her gun and the person ran away.

The authorities are on the lookout for that person who wasn’t found until 7:15 in the morning.

For now, the DOJ is reviewing and analyzing the pieces of evidence to determine how the events turned over. The reports would be sent to the Dane County district attorney after a thorough examination.  

On Friday morning the Middleton-Cross Plains School District announced that the Glacier Creek Middle School and Park Elementary will be held under building hold along with police security as the ‘suspicious person’ is still on loose and can threaten the well being of the students and teachers and the school staff.

The district announced, “Our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff,” district spokesperson Shannon Valladolid said in a statement. “We have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that students may attend school as routinely as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly.”