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Deputy Sheriff Walter Gaik | Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff

Walter Gaik

Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Monday, December 7, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: committed to reformatory school

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Deputy Gaik was shot and killed in an ambush attack as he was driving his patrol car while he was on patrol near Odanah. Other deputies found him in his patrol car near US 2. He had been killed by a shotgun blast through the windshield at close range. A month later a 15 year old boy was arrested and charged with Deputy Gaik's murder.

The suspect was found delinquent in connection with Deputy Gaik's murder and sentenced to the boy's reformatory school in Irma in July of 1971.

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Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.
September 15, 2013

 

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