Gordon, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Tragedy struck a small town in Wisconsin, just hours after the start of the New Year.
A man in Gordon died at a Duluth hospital after being shot by a Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Department says that a man was confronted by a Deputy on Highway 53 just before 2 AM.
They say the man allegedly pointed a rifle at the Deputy. The Deputy defended himself, shooting the suspect.
"I went to grab the gun from him, I wanted to get it away from him and he backed up right away and pointed it at me."
Preceding the officer related shooting, the suspects neighbor Randy Aull paints a frightening picture.
"I'm sure he had too much alcohol and he wanted to go for a ride and they told him no and he flipped," said Aull, inside him Gordon home.
Aull's daughter, who was friends with the male suspect, said he was distraught about a recent break up, and was attempting to drive to his ex-girlfriend's house.
According to Aull and his daughter, the suspect's family wouldn't allow him to drink and drive, and that's when the situation turned dangerous.
He describes the suspect as a good kid, displaying unusual behavior entering 2013.
"He was on the phone and he kept on saying, "I want to die, I want to die," and I looked at him and said, "I'm just taking the kids out of here, they don't need to see this."
An investigation that is just beginning.
Authorities are expected to release the suspects name Wedsnday and the name of the deputy, who has been placed on administrative leave as is standard department policy.