The suspect in Sunday night’s officer involved shooting in Eau Claire is in critical, but stable condition.
As we first told you live last night on WEAU 13 News at 10, the shooting happened on the northeast side of Eau Claire just before 9:30 p.m. on Galloway Street behind Indianhead Food Service. Eau Claire police say the man threatened them repeatedly with a knife and multiple efforts were made before ultimately using lethal force. Fox 25-48’s Abigail Hantke has the story.
Shortly before 9 Sunday night, Eau Claire police received a phone call from a store on Galloway Street, about a person who has a current arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for a previous offense of battery to an officer.
“Unfortunately the initial contact was very confrontational, weren’t able to even speak to them he pulled out a knife right away and that’s what started our contact with him.”
The man was located in the middle of Galloway Street, pushing a grocery cart.
“We were well aware of who he was his risk factors and the type of individual he was so we approached with caution just because we know he was and we were trying to resolve that previous court case.”
Officers say several attempts were made to the man to drop his knife, using pepper spray and a Taser, but Chief Jerry Staniszewski says it’s unclear why those attempts failed.
“There were multiple opportunities for the individual to comply but it continued to escalate the force as you’re aware, we attempted non-lethal force pepper spray and a Taser and it finally got to a point where the officer didn’t have a choice and had to use the deadly force measure to resolve it.”
Chief Staniszewski says the three officers involved are on administrative assignment until further review of the investigation, however he adds that he’s extremely confident in the decision his officers made.
The suspect will remain in custody on the active arrest warrant until the investigation is done.
In Eau Claire, Abigail Hantke, FOX 25/48 News at 9.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice criminal division is investigating the incident. The names of all involved will not be released until interviews are completed by the DOJ, which Chief Staniszewski hopes will be by the end of this week.