Deputy Earl Van Deusen

Deputy Earl Van Deusen

Dane County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch Saturday, January 4, 1930

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Earl Van Deusen

Deputy Sheriff Earl Van Deusen was shot and killed during a domestic dispute in which a man took his wife hostage.

As the man led his wife down a rear set of stairs the deputy posted there ordered him to stop. The man fired at the deputy but missed. As Deputy Van Deusen emerged from the kitchen of the home into the rear hallway the suspect shot him in the right side, causing a fatal wound. The suspect was convicted of Deputy Van Deusen's murder but released after only six years.

Deputy Van Deusen had served with the Dane County Sheriff's Office for one year. He wwas survived by his mother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released after 6 years

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Rest in peace Deputy Van Deusen.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 22, 2021

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