Suspect in Chippewa County officer-involved shooting identified and charged

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According to a criminal complaint, 48-year-old Christopher Knyphausen has been charged with making threats to law enforcement officers and terrorist threats creating risk to the public after being arrested at the Indianhead Motel in Chippewa Falls.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department was already looking to take Knyphausen into custody regarding a theft complaint in Chippewa Falls. 
The criminal complaint says Knyphausen called into dispatch telling officers he knew they were looking for him and he had a gun and was not afraid to use it.

NCIC records indicate that in 2015, Knyphausen was convicted of 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Knyphausen had called the St. Cloud, Minnesota Police Department stating he was “near the school at a storage shed and was going to shoot up everything”. Police were later able to locate Knyphausen, take him into custody and locate the firearm.

Both the Eau Claire Police Department and the Chippewa Falls Police Department told us on Monday that they cannot yet share an update on the situation. They say are continuing to investigate and interview witnesses and law enforcement.

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