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Washington County sheriff's commander wounded by gunfire in hunting incident

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A Washington County Sheriff's Department commander was injured today by gunfire while scouting a hunting site in Wisconsin.

Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton identified the injured man as Washington County Sheriff's Department Cmdr. Jerry Cusick, who was scouting for turkey during the episode.

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According to the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, the incident occurred at around 7:24 a.m. Deputies and emergency responders were dispatched to the 1900 block of 80th Street for a shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that hunters were turkey hunting in the area when one hunter shot another hunter, according to a press release from the Sheriff's office.

Cusick, 53, of Stillwater, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with unknown injuries and the hunter's condition is unknown at this time. Regions staff "are doing anything and everything they can to discover the extent of his injuries," Hutton said.

Cusick, who Hutton described as an avid hunter, has been with the department for 28 years. He is responsible for the courts division, water parks, trails and the chaplain corps.

The incident is under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff's office and wardens with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

No further details will be released until the investigation is complete.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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