NEW INFORMATION: Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Eau Claire’s south side on Saturday.

The initial call came in at 7:17 a.m. in the parking lot of the Scottish Inns and Suites on W. MacArthur Ave., near the intersection with Craig Rd. A 49-year-old man was pointing a gun at people and cars passing by.

Within minutes, a 19-year veteran of the Eau Claire Police Department confronted and shot the suspect. Despite medical assistance, the suspect died in the parking lot.

Later Saturday, Eau Claire Police chief Jerry Staniszewski attempted to explain the latest officer-involved shooting in the city.

"These investigations are very involved but they must be done thoroughly and completely will release additional information as it becomes available and appropriate,” Staniszewski said during Saturday’s press conference.

This is the third officer-involved shooting Eau Claire police have been involved in over the last two years. Previous shootings were:

• Officer D. Hunter Braatz shot Tyler Holte after chasing him near Starr Ave. on April 1, 2015.
• Officer Anthony Briski shot suspect Sol Armer near Indianhead Foodservice Distributor on Galloway St. on Jan. 24, 2016.

A fourth officer-involved shooting in Eau Claire during that time was handled by the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department – deputy Dustin Walters shot David Mack on April 3, 2016.

"These are very unusual circumstances and every incident is individual in and of itself,” Staniszewski said. “It's hard to look at trends, other than the reality is we have had three officer involved shootings in the last several years and it is something that officers trained for."

Eau Claire Police said they are not releasing the name of the officer or the suspect. The officer has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation takes place, which is standard practice.

It is state law for an outside department to investigate any officer-involved shooting. In this case, the La Crosse Police Department will be handling the investigation.

"It's really, truly an evaluation process when they're on scene and they want to make sure that it's done correctly, done thoroughly and completely,” Staniszewski said. “So it's really the circumstances that they have and when they're finished, they'll be done."


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eau Claire Police say a man is dead following an officer-involved shooting Saturday morning in Eau Claire.

It happened shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday outside of the Scottish Inn and Suites in Eau Claire.

In a press release, the department says the it received a 911 call reporting a man with a gun in the hotel parking lot. The caller told dispatchers the man was pointing the weapon toward vehicles and people in the area. When officers arrived on scene, they confronted the suspect.

The release goes on to say that an officer shot the suspect. Following the shooting, the Eau Claire Police Department says officers administered aid to the suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt in the incident.

The department says the officer involved is a 19-year veteran of the department. The officer is on administrative leave which is standard protocol. The suspect is described as a 49-year-old man. No further details are being released on the officer involved or the suspect.

Per Wisconsin statutes, the La Crosse Police Department is investigating the shooting.

The full press release from the Eau Claire Police Department can be found on the right-hand side of this screen under related items.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) --One person was shot in an officer-involved shooting in Eau Claire Saturday morning.

Eau Claire Police confirms one person was shot in the parking lot of the Scottish Inns & Suites on the corner of MacArthur Ave. and Eldorado Blvd in Eau Claire. Police say several shots were fired just after 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

The officer involved in the shooting was not hurt.

There is no word on the condition of the person who was shot.

Police remain on-scene for an investigation.

There is no further information at this time. We will keep you updated with the latest on WEAU 13 News and on WEAU.com.




 
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