ST. CROIX FALLS
— A western Wisconsin sheriff's deputy who was paralyzed after
being shot by a suspect in 1991 has died, and he will be buried
with full law enforcement honors during a funeral expected to draw
officers from several states, according to the Polk County
Deputy Michael Seversen was shot and Burnett County Deputy Allen
Albee was killed when they confronted a shooting suspect on the
run from Minnesota's Chisago County. The suspect, Robert
Reineccius, was killed by officers.
recently been suffering from severe medical issues, and he died
Monday at his home in St. Croix Falls, said Polk County Sheriff
Peter Johnson. Seversen was 50 years old.
a mechanically operated "sip and puff" wheelchair for
the rest of his life, Seversen lived independently and remained
active in the sheriff's office, Johnson said. He used a
voice-activated computer to open doors, and run the lights, TV and
stereo in his home.
couldn't believe he accepted what happened," said Seversen's
brother, Mark. "Obviously, it was horrible, but he embraced
what it meant to live paralyzed and kept caring for people and
years have passed since the shooting, Severson's death was
classified as in the line of duty, the Star Tribune reported (http://strib.mn/1l2jhOI
Johnson said he
is expecting "hundreds of squads" from around Wisconsin
and other states at the funeral Saturday, the the 23rd anniversary
of the shooting.
The sheriff also
expects "several hundred, if not thousands" of law
enforcement officers who also will participate in the 15-mile
procession to the ceremony following the funeral in St. Croix
Falls. Seversen will be buried in the Kost Evangelical Free Church
graveyard, east of North Branch, Minn., where his parents are also