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One person killed in Eau Claire County officer-involved shooting

Published: Nov. 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation into a fatal, officer-involved shooting in Eau Claire County Sunday.

Around 4pm on 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.

“Our officers were on scene and the individual did come out of the residence and the subject has expired,” said Cramer.

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.

One neighbor who lives across the street says he was surprised to see this happen in his neighborhood. Riley Myren told WEAU,

“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.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department will be leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting that killed one in the Town of Washington on Sunday.

Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says law enforcement responded to the 2500 block of Corona Avenue in the Town of Washington on Sunday around 3:53 p.m. Officers were met with an armed and uncooperative person. Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire Police and Wisconsin State Patrol all responded to the scene.

Cramer added that peaceful and less lethal options were attempted but were unsuccessful and the individual was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. He confirmed that the St. Croix County officials would be leading the investigation along with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.

The staff involved were placed on administrative leave/assignment pending the review of the investigation, as protocol states.

Sheriff Cramer said that he and the staff have confidence in the decision-making actions of the law enforcement involved.

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