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Wilson couple OK after shot by man posing as St. Croix County deputy

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A western Wisconsin man is hospitalized in good condition, after he and his wife were shot by a man posing as a St. Croix County sheriff's deputy.

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Officials said the invader demanded money and drugs, and they do not believe it was a random incident.

Tom Erickson is at a St. Paul hospital after being shot in the abdomen. Maria Erickson was shot in the calf but was not hospitalized.

The shootings happened late Saturday night in the tiny town of Wilson, about 30 miles east of Hudson.

The attacker was still being sought at last word.

There was a small amount of marijuana in the home. And while officials said it was not consistent with personal use, neighbors said the home was not known as a place for dealing.

Chief Deputy John Shilts said the invader busted in wearing a T-shirt that read "Sheriff." His face was covered, and he had a baseball cap on.

Shilts said the man had a rifle, and was pretending to call for a backup when he forced the Ericksons to the ground. There was a scuffle once the couple realized the man was not a deputy, and that's when the shootings occurred.

The couple's 3-year-old son was home at the time, but was not hurt. Wilson has about 180 residents.

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