Deputy shot and paralyzed in 1991 has died

File photo of police emergency lights.
File photo.

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) – A western Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy who was shot and paralyzed in 1991 has died and will be buried with full law enforcement honors on the 23rd anniversary of the shooting.

Polk County Deputy Michael Seversen was shot and Burnett County Deputy Allen Albee was killed when they confronted a shooting suspect on the run from Chisago County, Minn. The suspect, Robert Reineccius, was killed by officers.

Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson says Seversen had severe medical issues lately and died Monday at his home in St. Croix Falls. The Star Tribune says  Seversen was 50 years old.

Johnson says even though many years have passed, Severson’s death is classified as in the line of duty. A funeral is being planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19th at the St. Croix Falls High School.

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