WASHINGTON, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation into a fatal, officer-involved shooting in Eau Claire County Sunday. First News at Nine’s Jessica Mendoza has more details on the case.
Around 4:00 Sunday evening the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department, Eau Claire police, and Wisconsin State Patrol were called for a domestic incident on Corona Avenue in the town of Washington, which is near Eau Claire.
Sheriff Ron Cramer says the suspect, who has not been identified, was armed and would not cooperate. Deputies used less-lethal options before the suspect was eventually shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
Cramer said, “Our officers were on scene and the individual did come out of the residence and the subject has expired.”
Sheriff Cramer did not specify why the suspect was shot or any other details leading up to the shooting. He did say no one else was hurt, and that family members in the home were able to get out safely.
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One neighbor who lives across the street says he was surprised to see this happen in his neighborhood.
Riley Myren said, “And I came out and the cops had their guns drawn. And of course, you know they shot the guy. Other than that, I don’t know what was going on or anything. I was totally surprised to come out and it just happened right there.”
Other neighbors say they heard not one, but multiple gun shots from their homes nearby.
Sheriff Cramer says the staff involved were placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.
In Eau Claire Jessica Mendoza First News at Nine.