NEW INFORMATION: Woman shot in officer-involved shooting dies

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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (LAKE HALLIE POLICE DEPT. & WEAU)-- Lake Hallie Police confirms the woman shot at Walmart has died.

Lake Hallie Police responded to a disorderly call Friday, April 8 at 5:12pm at Lake Hallie Walmart for Melissa M. Abbott, 25, of Black River Falls.

While officers were responding, additional information provided that Abbott armed herself with a hatchet in the sporting goods department.

The first officer on scene shot Abbott twice; once in the leg and once in the right upper abdomen.

Lifesaving efforts were performed at the scene by the Chippewa Fire District and a medical professional who happened to be in the store.
The woman was transported by the Chippewa Fire District Paramedics to a hospital and underwent surgery.

Abbott’s death was reported at 11:58pm on 04-08-2016.

According to policy, the investigation of the shooting has been turned over to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations.

In the press release, the police department says it sends its condolences to everyone involved including the family and friends of the victim and the numerous shoppers in the store. Our department strives to resolve issues in the least intrusive means possible however every situation is unique and complex. Given the close proximity of other citizens and dangerous and threatening behavior of the subject the officer believed he had no other choice than to use deadly force.


On Friday, April 8, 2016 at 5:12PM, Lake Hallie Police were dispatched to the Lake Hallie Walmart for a person who was being disorderly.

While officers were responding additional information was provided that a female subject armed herself with a knife in the sporting goods department.

Witnesses reported that the female had struck items in the store with the hatchet.

When the first officer arrived on scene he entered the store and made contact with the disorderly female subject.

Witnesses reported that the female subject had armed herself with a hatchet.

They also confirmed that the officer gave the subject numerous verbal commands but the female did not follow those commands.

The armed female (age 25) was then shot by the Lake Hallie Officer.

Witnesses reported two shots were discharged.

The second Lake Hallie Officer arrived on scene about 1 minute after the shots were fired.

The subject was transported to the Hospital with life threatening injuries.

It was reported to the Police Department afterwards that the subject had cognitive disabilities.

According to policy, the investigation of the shooting was turned over to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office.


The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says a woman was hurt after an officer-involved shooting at the Lake Hallie Walmart.

Shortly after 4:30pm, the 25-year old woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, with unknown injuries.

Chippewa County Sheriff, Jim Kowalczyk, says the woman lunged at the officer and he fired two shots, sending her to the ground.

"Commands were given to her to drop the weapon,” Kowalczyk said. “She did not cooperate. She apparently then lunged towards the officer and the officer did what he's trained to do and he had shot her."

Kowalczyk says the woman is a resident at the Northern Wisconsin Center. According to the center's website, it's a “state-operated intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities.”

The sheriff says the woman was a threat to others near the lawn and garden center, where the shooting happened.

"The escorts who were responsible for her were making sure that people were not affected and advising people to step back as they tried to escort her out of the store," Kowalczyk said.

Multiple witnesses on the scene say they heard multiple gun shots. Tim Werth of Bloomer said he arrived shortly after the shooting happened.

"They had it all blocked off with yellow barriers and probably about 15 to 20 officers running around inside trying to gather witnesses of what was going on," Werth said.

The sheriff's department says the scene was secured shortly after the shooting. Deputies will use surveillance footage from Walmart to help in the on-going investigation.

The sheriff's department says there is no other threat to the community.

The officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave until further notice.

The woman's condition is unknown.


The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office says a female was hurt after an officer-involved shooting at the Lake Hallie Walmart.

It happened shortly after 4:30pm Friday.

Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says a female, who is a resident at the Northern Wisconsin Center in Chippewa Falls, was at Walmart with two workers from the center.

He says the female became disruptive while the group was in the sporting goods section of the store.

One of the workers called 911.

Kowalczyk says the female picked up a hatchet from the sporting goods section, and started cutting pillows in a nearby part of the store.

When Lake Hallie Police arrived, they told the female to drop the hatchet several times, but she wouldn't.

Investigators say she then lunged at a male officer, who shot the female twice.

She was brought to a hospital by ambulance, with unknown injuries.
The police officer was not hurt.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.
Part of the store is closed while deputies investigate.

According to the Northern Wisconsin Center's website, the center is a "state operated intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities."


Several Law Enforcement officers are on the scene right now of the Lake Hallie Walmart in Chippewa County.

Several witnesses told WEAU a person was shot and injured inside the store, but officers have not yet confirmed that information.

The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. Customers are still being let in and out of the store, but our crew on scene says the garden entrance has been blocked off.

We will have the latest information as we get it on weau.com and on WEAU 13 News at 10.