UPDATE: Sheriff's Deputy Suspended After Losing AR15 Rifle

By: WSAW Staff Email
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The Wood County Sheriff's Department deputy who mislaid an AR15 rifle on his trunk and drove off will face a suspension.

Wood County Sheriff Chief Deputy Randal Dorhorst tells Newschannel 7 that the deputy will serve a 12 hour suspension from the department effective immediately. The deputy will then be reinstated following the short suspension.
According to a press release from the Wood County Sheriff's Department, the missing AR-15 Department rifle has been returned by an individual who found it earlier in the day.

A deputy mislaid an AR-15 rifle and its case on the trunk of his squad and drove off.

The department said happened around 6 am. Nov. 14. when the deputy was loading up his squad car for the day.

Sergeant Matt Susa from the Wood County Sheriff's Department says the rifle was found by a passerby just outside of Wisconsin Rapids on the side of STH 34 around 6:15 a.m.

The individual returned it to the department after hearing it was lost, shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Susa says the incident is under investigation. He's not sure if the deputy who mislead the weapon, who he did not name, will be disciplined.

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