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The police officer killed in a series of shootings in Wisconsin on Wednesday has been identified and is being hailed by state officials as a hero for protecting his community, reports Fox News and the Associated Press.

Detective Jason Weiland, a 15-year veteran of the Everest Metro Police Department, was shot as he approached an apartment complex in Weston, a small town about 90 miles west of Green Bay, a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the investigation.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel issued a statement Thursday applauding the courage of officers who responded to the shootings and said the fallen officer will be forever remembered as a hero.

The Everest Police website listed Weiland as a field training officer and member of a task force for internet crimes against children. His LinkedIn page said he had also worked as a narcotics detective for the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, and as a police officer and corrections officer for Marathon City and Marathon County.


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