ELLSWORTH, Wis. (WEAU) - We have new information on a man who police say was involved in a deadly knife fight.
The Pierce County District Attorney's Office says Codi Walztoni, 18, has been released from jail. Prosecutors say it’s too early to charge Walztoni until the investigation is complete, and cited complex legal issues as a factor in the decision.
Officers say the knife fight happened Friday night at an apartment on Cascade Avenue in River Falls. The fight involved three men, including Walztoni. Dylan Barry, 22, was killed. Another man, William Sangster, 20, is recovering from knife injuries.
NEWS RELEASE FROM RIVER FALLS P.D.:
Case involves a confrontation and knife wounds to two individuals, one since deceased.
On Friday, July 6, 2012 at approximately 8:49 a.m., River Falls police were dispatched to 233 W. Cascade Avenue, River Falls, WI regarding a reported domestic situation with a knife involved. Upon arrival, officers found two male individuals with knife wounds. Both individuals were transported by Ambulance to the River Falls Area Hospital.
Individual #1 was identified as Dylan T. Barry, age 22, current address unknown. Mr. Barry was pronounced dead at the River Falls Area Hospital.
Individual #2 was identified as William E. Sangster, Jr., age 20, current address unknown. . Mr. Sangster was transferred from River Falls Area Hospital to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN for treatment of his injuries.
A third male individual was taken into custody and later transported to the Pierce County jail charged with aggravated battery. This individual was identified as Codi J. Walztoni, DOB 3/3/94, residing at 233 W. Cascade Avenue, Apt. 106, River Falls, WI. Formal charges will be considered by the Pierce County District Attorney.
Preliminary investigation shows there was a confrontation between Mr. Sangster, Mr. Barry and Codi Walztoni in the apartment at 106 E. Cascade Avenue. Mr. Sangster and Mr. Barry received knife wounds. The investigation is in its early stages and is continuing.
The Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, Mobile Crime Scene Unit has arrived to assist in evidentiary processing of the incident.
The River Falls Police Department is being assisted by officers from the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, University of Wisconsin River Falls Police Department and the River Falls Ambulance Department. Chief Roger Leque indicates, “At this time, there is no danger to the greater community arising out of this incident.”