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Police officer victim of hit-and-run while helping injured dog

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A police officer in Lake Nebagamon, 25 miles southeast of Superior, was struck by a motor vehicle Tuesday night in a hit-and-run incident, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec. Emergency responders were called to the scene at 10:52 p.m.

Officer Jesse Beasley, 30, was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital of Duluth. Wednesday morning, and is listed in good condition with no major or life-threatening injuries, according to a news release from Dalbec.

Lake Nebagamon Police Chief Ron Sullivan said Beasley suffered bruising on his forhead and a dislocated shoulder, but no broken bones or internal bleeding. The officer, who has been on the village police force for a year and a half, may be released by Thursday.

Beasley was checking on an injured dog when the accident occurred.

"He was just on routine patrol," Sullivan said.

The officer was wearing a reflective traffic vest and his squad lights and headlights were activated, according to sheriff's department Det. John Parenteau.

The suspect's vehicle, possibly a white or gray Pontiac Grand Am-style car, was traveling south on Highway S when it made the turn onto South Lake Boulevard and struck Beasley. The vehicle continued westbound without stopping. It is believed the car was traveling with no headlights and that it may have front end or driver side damage, the sheriff's department reported.

According to a communication sent to the Bayfield County Sheriff's Department, the officer was "badly injured."

"We would really appreciate any help from the public on this case," said Parenteau, one of the lead investigators on the case.

Anyone with information can call the detective at (715) 395-1371 or (715) 395-1381 or the tip line at (715) 395-7468.

The hit-and-run was sobering to law enforcement officers.

"It's something you don't really think about until it happens," Sullivan said.

Parenteau urged drivers to reduce speed and use caution when passing not just police vehicles, but any emergency vehicle.

The village of Lake Nebagamon employs one police chief and three part-time officers, according to village clerk Swan Dawson. Sullivan said officers respond to a few hundred calls a year.

Calls to St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth were not returned.