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Knife-wielding man fatally shot; 2 deputies hospitalized
Emergency personnel carry out one of two Dane County sheriff's deputies that were both stabbed in the leg during an incident at 233 Hanna Road in the town of Primrose, north of New Glarus, Wis., Thursday, May 1, 2014. An unnamed third deputy fatally shot the man who stabbed Lt. Brian Hayes and Deputy Roger Finch. The two stabbed deputies were airlifted to UW Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
TOWN OF PRIMROSE - A knife-wielding man who wounded two Dane County sheriff's deputies was fatally shot Thursday afternoon at a home near New Glarus. The deputies were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the incident, which also saw head injuries to two others.

At a press briefing at University of Wisconsin Hospital, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said three deputies were responding to a disturbance at a residence in the 200 block of Hanna Road in the Town of Primrose at about 1:30 p.m. The deputies found a man and a woman with head injuries consistent with a serious beating.

After making contact with the victims, Lt. Brian Hayes and Deputy Roger Finch proceeded to a spiral staircase that led downstairs into the two-story home. While descending the staircase, both men were stabbed in the leg with a knife wielded by the as-yet-unnamed attacker. A third unnamed deputy then came down the stairs and shot the assailant, who died at the scene.

The injured deputies were later transported to UW Hospital in Madison via Medflight, Mahoney said. The other victims suffering from head injuries were transported to a Madison area hospital. Mahoney said the man and woman at the residence were related to the attacker. The conditions of the man and woman were not yet known.

Both deputies are stable, and Finch will likely be released tomorrow morning. Hayes had to undergo surgery and will have to stay hospitalized for another three to four days, Mahoney said.

Mahoney said an outside organization will be conducting an investigation into the third deputy's actions in shooting the attacker. Mahoney said the Dane County Sheriff's office have been complying with the recent law change that requires an outside agency to conduct investigations into the use of lethal force. Gov. Scott Walker recently signed a bill into law that requires an outside investigation into law enforcement-caused fatalities.

Property records show the brown, rotund residence on Hanna Road has been owned by Rosemary Hansen for the past 15 years. The house sits between a dense forest and flat farm land.

There were plenty of drive-by onlookers at the scene of the incident on the rainy day, as Primrose Center Road was not blocked. The residence was taped off, and more than 30 law enforcement vehicles were parked outside. A number of men were seen putting on white body suits before entering the residence after the victims were removed.