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Polk County sheriff's deputy dies from shooting that paralyzed him 23 years ago

ST. CROIX FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - A sheriff's deputy from northwest Wisconsin has died, after he was shot and paralyzed while confronting a gunman almost 23 years ago.  

50-year-old Michael Seversen will be buried with full law enforcement honors on Saturday, the anniversary of the shooting. A 2 p.m. funeral is planned at the high school in St. Croix Falls, where he died at his home on Monday.  

Seversen was a Polk County officer when he and a Burnett County deputy approached a shooting suspect who was wanted in Chisago County Minnesota. The suspect, Robert Reineccius, was shot and killed by the officers.  

Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson said Seversen had some recent medical concerns -- and although more than two decades have passed, Seversen's death is still classified to be in the line of duty.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)