911 Call Released In Walmart Shooting

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Newly released 911 recordings reveal what went on inside a Lake Hallie Wal-Mart store moments before an officer-involved shooting.
Late Friday afternoon, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 tapes from the April 8 officer-involved shooting.
The tapes come out just one day after the Chippewa County District Attorney said Lake Hallie Officer Adam Meyers acted in self-defense when he shot and killed 25-year-old Melissa Abbott.
Audio from the 911 recordings reveal that staff from the Northern Center called Chippewa County dispatchers just after 5 pm to tell them that Melissa Abbott, who was a client at the center, was refusing to leave the Wal-Mart store. Over the next several minutes, the staff member from the Northern Center can be heard telling the dispatcher that Abbott had violent tendencies.
At one point, the staff member told the dispatchers Abbott had made her way to the sporting goods section of the store and appeared to have armed herself with a knife.
Caller: “She has a knife in her hand right now”
Dispatcher: “Ok is she threatening people with it?”
Caller: (inaudible) ..She’s walking right toward everybody”
Dispatcher: “Ok. Is it a small knife or a large knife?
Caller: “I don’t know it’s like a small hatchet or something”
Dispatcher: “Ok”
Caller: “She’s just walking; I mean they have to hurry”
Dispatcher: “They are hurrying ma’am, I just need to know where they are at.”
Caller: “She’s by the dog food now. She’s wrecking bags of weed feed.”
Officer: “Drop it! (inaudible) drop it! Stop! Stop! (gun shots)
Dispatcher: “What’s that yelling?”
Caller: “It was the cop.”
Dispatcher: “OK.”
Caller: “He just shot her.”
The recordings go on to reveal that the officer called EMS to the scene, telling them shots were fired.
Abbott, who’s from Black River Falls, died at the hospital hours later.

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