Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said two deputies were stabbed and another person is dead after an incident in the town of Primrose north of New Glarus.
Deputies responded to 233 Hanna Road around 12:35 p.m. Thursday for reports of an elderly woman who had injuries consistent with a severe beating and an older man who had sustained a significant head injury, Mahoney said. As a result, the deputies entered the home to make contact with other possible family members.
"They were concerned about other family members in the residence, and so they made entry to do a safety sweep to see if there might be other injured individuals or people in jeopardy," Mahoney said.
The deputies were subsequently attacked and sustained stab wounds in their lower extremities, Mahoney said. The two deputies, Lt. Brian Hayes and Deputy Roger Finch, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are recovering from their injuries at UW Hospital. Both were listed in good condition on Thursday.
"One underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition, and is recovering," Mahoney said. "The second deputy also had a stab wound and will be held overnight for observation."
Shots were fired by deputies during the incident, and the person who stabbed the two deputies is dead, Mahoney said. The person who stabbed the deputies is a family member of the two people found at the beginning of the incident.
Earlier on Thursday, Mahoney said one deputy was shot, but he later clarified that neither of the deputies involved actually suffered gunshot wounds.
The deputies each have about 20 years of service on the force, Mahoney said.
“Our thoughts go out to everyone involved in today’s incident in the town of Primrose, including two of our county’s deputies who were injured in the line of the duty," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement. “The saddening events of the afternoon are reminders of the dangers men and women in law enforcement face every day. On behalf of the family that is Dane County government and the half-million people our deputies work hard to protect every day, I want to extend our gratitude for their service and well wishes for a quick recovery."
Mahoney said the couple deputies originally found injured are the homeowners.
According to property records, Rosemary Hansen and Robert Hansen have owned the residence at 233 Hanna Road for the last 15 years.
According to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office, the Dane County Sheriff's Office Officer-Involved Shooting Protocol has been initiated, and investigators from the Sun Prairie Police Department, Madison Police Department, Fitchburg Police Department and UW Police Department are leading the investigation with the assistance of the Dane County Sheriff's Office.