Adams County Sheriff's Department Mourns Loss of Deputy

Fifty-five members of the Adams County Sheriff's Department are mourning the loss of the 56th-Deputy Michael Shannon. Shannon was shot and killed by Thomas Kramer Friday morning.

The 54-year-old Kramer lives in the rural town of Strongs Prairie.

Friday morning, highway workers for the town were trimming trees when Kramer told them to get off his property and threatened them with a rifle. The workers called the Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Shannon was the first on the scene. According to the Chief Deputy, the two men exchanged gunfire. Deputy Shannon was hit.

Investigators are still trying to figure out who shot first.

Shannon was taken to the Adams County Memorial Hospital. He died just after 12:00.

Kramer barricaded himself in his house. He was arrested just after 5:30.

Police were in the process of handing him a cell phone when they rushed him.

Gunfire was exchanged, but no one was hurt. It's unclear who shot first and how many times.

Kramer is currently in the Juneau County Jail. The investigation is being conducted by the State Department of Criminal Investigation.

The Adams County District Attorney will wait for more information being deciding what charges will be pressed against Thomas Kramer.

Meanwhile, Adams County is remembering Michael Shannon. Shannon was a seven-year veteran. He worked on the same shift as his older brother Tim.

According to his supervisor and the Sheriff, Shannon was well liked by everyone in the Department.