NEW INFORMATION: Name released of suspect in officer-involved shooting

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- An Eau Claire County man is recovering from gun shot wounds after an officer involved-shooting.

The extent of a man's injuries after an officer-involved shooting Monday night are still unclear.

The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department identified him as 46-year-old Paul Lynch from the Town of Union.

Investigators say Lynch fired first, and was then shot. He was taken to the hospital.

Rod Behlke says he knew something odd was happening last night, when an officer holding what appeared to be a shotgun came to tell him not to be alarmed that they would be in the area.

"I continued doing what I was doing and all of a sudden I heard gun shots break out, so then I dived behind a piece of equipment, because I this guy has been kind of trouble before, so I wanted to make sure I didn't get shot," Behlke said.

Sheriff Ron Cramer says deputies responded to Lynch's home for a domestic issue just before 10:00 p.m. Monday. A tactical team was called and officers saw lynch leaving the home through a back door.

"Mr. Lynch started firing upon our officer, and our officer returned fire," Cramer said.

"I'd guess 30 shots for sure," Behlke said.

Lynch was wounded and was taken to the hospital, Cramer said.

"We're concerned about him leaving any type of hospital if he can. So we'll have a person guarding him 24/7 on this individual until he released."

The sheriff would not identify the deputy involved in the shooting, and did not say how many shots hit Lynch or where he was hit. He says Lynch violated probation as a felon owning a weapon.

"They had taken his guns away from him two months ago already," Behlke said.

"I want to stress that our officer did what he had to do, what he was trained to do," Cramer said.

"I hope they handled it and nobody got hurt seriously in the situation and hopefully it puts some closure in everything that's been going on in the neighborhood," Behlke said.

Cramer says the investigation has been turned over to the Eau Claire Police Department and the State Patrol who will turn over their reports to the district attorney's office who will determine which and if any crimes were committed.

UPDATE: The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department confirmed the suspect in the officer-involved shooting is Paul Lynch of Eau Claire.

A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday. We will have a crew at that news conference and will have much more information on our evening newscasts.
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TOWN OF UNION, Wis. (RELEASE FROM EAU CLAIRE CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.)-- On January 13, 2014 at 2142, the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Town of Union for a report of domestic violence where the male resident was disorderly. The male resident was identified as a person the agency was familiar with as they have responded to the home 12-times in the past two-years. In previous contacts the male was unruly, violent, threatening, and uncooperative and weapons had to be removed from the home.

On arrival, deputies believed a female in the home was in danger and the male was excessively violent. The tactical team was activated. While deputies were outside the residence, the male suspect exited the home with an assault-type rifle and fired at a deputy. An exchange of gunfire ensued and the male suspect was wounded and ultimately transported to a local hospital.

The Eau Claire Police Department is investigating the incident and the deputy, by policy, is on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation.

Upon initial review, Sheriff Ron Cramer supports the actions of the deputy and has expressed his concern for all families involved.


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