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UPDATE: Public tips fail to pan out, suspect still on the run

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Altoona (WQOW) - Police receive tips from the public, but still no sign of Shane Gregory.

On Monday, investigators said Gregory came right at a Chippewa County deputy with a car.  Eventually, the car crashed and Gregory allegedly stole an SUV.  That led to a chase into Altoona where Gregory ditched the SUV and ran into the woods.

Officers were concerned that Gregory was armed so they swarmed the area near 10th Street and Highway 12 to search for him.  The school also went into lockdown.

The Altoona police chief said they have followed all leads, including a couple from the public on Tuesday, but have not been able to find him.

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Altoona (WQOW)- Police are searching for a suspect after a chase in two counties.

The search started after Shane Gregory, of Stanley, allegedly tried to run down a sheriff's deputy who was getting out of his squad car.

It was around 8 a.m. when Chippewa County authorities were called to what they believed was a burglary. The deputy saw a suspicious vehicle at an abandoned farm near Cadott. Investigators say as the deputy got out of his squad car, the driver came directly toward him. The deputy fired at least three shots then gave chase.

"I was out hunting deer this morning and I heard three gunshots go off, which I thought somebody was probably out hunting. But shortly after the gunshots, there was a siren going," says William Boyea.

Soon after, the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department says Gregory crashed a vehicle on this road in the town of Sigel then took off on foot. All available law enforcement officers in Chippewa County searched for him, with help from Eau Claire County and its canine unit.

Investigators believe he stole another vehicle and headed towards Altoona. He was spotted in the area by a DNR warden.

"He may possibly be armed with a hand gun. He has numerous warrants out of Clark County," says Chief James Small, Altoona Police Department. "Our concern is that if he is in fact armed we don't want him to get to the students. So the protection of the public is our biggest concern. Right now several law enforcement agencies are actively searching the woods to ensure that he is not still in the woods here."

Officers and police dogs lined up and searched more than 80 acres of woods near Altoona Schools but came up empty handed, according to the Altoona School District. The district then lifted the lock down. Children were allowed to leave and go home Monday afternoon.

Altoona Police say they have not found Gregory. Gregory was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and could possibly be armed.  As soon as we learn any more information we'll pass it along to you.

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Chippewa County (Press Release) - Shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday October 15, 2012 deputies responded to a vacant residence on 240th Street south of County Highway X in the Town of Sigel on report of a suspicious vehicle and possible burglary in progress.

When the Deputy arrived he encountered a male subject in a vehicle that was about to leave the property. The Deputy was out of his squad and discharged his duty weapon three times. A pursuit followed the encounter with the suspect vehicle traveling south on 240th Street at a high rate of speed.  The squad and suspect vehicle made contact and the suspect vehicle crashed near the curve at 12th Avenue and 240th Street near the Eau Claire County Line.

The suspect fled from the vehicle on foot and a search followed with the assistance of the Cadott Police Department, Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office Deputies including the Sheriff and Canine and officers from the DNR and Wisconsin State Patrol.

The suspect was not located at this time. The suspect is believed to be Shane L. Gregory, Male White, 32-years-old.

The matter remains under investigation and administrative review by the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office.

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Altoona (WQOW) - UPDATE: Sheriff Ron Cramer of the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office tells WQOW News 18 the suspect police are searching for is Shane Gregory.

Gregory, 32, is described as having a slender build and has a goatee. He is believed to be wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans. Police are not sure if he is armed.

Altoona schools are in lock down.  Some businesses just east of 10th Street in Altoona have been told to lock their doors.

The sheriff's office K9 unit is involved in the search.

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As of 11:45 AM on Monday, October 15, the Altoona School District went under lock-down procedures district-wide. Your children are safe. More information as it becomes available.

Dr. Connie Biedron,
Superintendent

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Altoona (WQOW) - A manhunt that began Monday morning in Chippewa County has spilled into the City of Altoona.

Several departments are continuing to search for a man believed to be involved in an incident that took place earlier Monday morning near Cadott.

In that incident a deputy was investigating a report of a suspicious car at an abandoned farm. While investigating, the deputy got out of his squad. The suspect drove his vehicle at the deputy and the deputy shot at least once and then gave chase.

Police are searching the area near North Hillcrest Parkway in Altoona.

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Chippewa County (WQOW) - A manhunt is underway in Chippewa County after shots were fired Monday morning.

Law enforcement is searching for a man who allegedly tried to run down a sheriffs deputy who was getting out of his squad car.

The deputy was investigating a report of a suspicious car at an abandoned farm near Cadott Monday morning. Police say he may have been burglarizing the property. Investigators say as the deputy got out of his squad car the suspect vehicle came directly toward him. The deputy fired at least one gunshot, then gave chase.

The car crashed a short time later and the suspect ran off. All available Chippewa County personnel is now searching for the man, with help from Eau Claire County and its canine unit.

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