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NEW INFORMATION: Man charged after officer-involved shooting

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(WQOW)-Charges are now filed against a man who deputies say was in an officer-involved shooting.

Paul Lynch is charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, among other charges. Deputies were called to a Town of Union home in January because they believed there was a woman inside who was being threatened by Lynch. Investigators say Lynch came out of the house armed with an assault rifle. They say Lynch fired multiple shots at Deputy Dustin Walters, who then returned fire. They exchanged gunfire until Lynch was shot. Deputy Walters was not hurt. Lynch was shot in the thigh area.

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Eau Claire Co. (Press Release) - On January 13, 2014, Eau Claire County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a report of a domestic disturbance at 5200 W. Folsom Street in the Township of Union, Eau Claire County.

Paul Lynch was known to reside at the residence and was the subject of the complaint to dispatch. The information leading to the dispatch included that Paul Lynch was threatening Gloria Hayden, and that the power to the residence had been turned off. Eau Claire County Sheriff's Deputies approached the residence from two directions due to the dispatch information, as well as the knowledge of previous dealings with Paul Lynch and firearms.

Deputy Dustin Walters approached the front of the residence and took a position in the front yard by a large tree. Paul Lynch eventually exited the back side of the residence with an assault rifle equipped with a 30 bullet clip. Paul Lynch walked around the residence to the front of the residence. Deputy Walters communicated verbally with Paul Lynch and illuminated him with a light. Paul Lynch proceeded to fire multiple shots at Deputy Walters. Deputy Walters returned fire from his position behind the tree in the front yard. Paul Lynch again fired multiple shots at Deputy Walters while moving closer toward him. Shots were exchanged until Paul Lynch was hit in the thigh area and fell to the ground. Shortly after the shooting, a first responder attended to Paul Lynch and he was eventually taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The City of Eau Claire Police Department conducted a thorough investigation into the shooting at 5200 W. Folsom Street on January 13, 2014. A comprehensive report in excess of 275 pages was prepared and submitted to the District Attorney's office for review. The report also included scene video, hundreds of photographs, 911 calls, and lab report findings. Both Deputy Walters and Paul Lynch were interviewed and both indicated that Lynch was the first to shoot during the incident. Laboratory findings indicate that Paul Lynch had a blood alcohol level of .215.

Additional investigation determined that Lynch had purchased the firearm used in the shooting following felony convictions earlier in 2013 for possessing a firearm contrary to a court order. The investigation also found that Lynch made statements on the day of the shooting that he was going to shoot police and wanted to die. After a review of all of this information, it is very clear that the actions of Deputy Dustin Walters in this incident were appropriate.

The actions of Deputy Dustin Walters on January 13, 2014, were not only entirely appropriate, they likely saved multiple lives. Deputy Walters, as well as all members of the Sheriff's Department involved in this incident, cooperated fully in the investigation of this matter.

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Eau Claire Co. (WQOW) - WQOW News 18 has received new information about the suspect shot by an Eau Claire County deputy on Monday.

Paul Lynch is still in the hospital. He's in good condition.

The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department was called to a home on W. Folsom Street Monday night in the Town of Union. Deputies believed a woman was in the home and was being threatened by Lynch. Investigators say Lynch fired first, with an assault-type rifle before a deputy returned fire.

That deputy is on administrative leave during an investigation. The sheriff's department says it's confident the deputy involved followed procedure and protocol.

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Unruly, violent, threatening and uncooperative. That's how law enforcement describes an Eau Claire man, even before last night when he was shot by a deputy.  Investigators say the suspect fired first, with an assault-type rifle. 

On Monday night, the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department surrounded a home on West Folsom Street.  Deputies believed a woman in the house was being threatened by a man.

"The individual was seen exiting the back side of the residence and encountered one of our officers near the front of the residence," Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says.

The man has been identified as 46 year old Paul Lynch.

"At that time, Mr. Lynch started firing upon our officer and our officer returned fire," Cramer says.  

No one from the sheriff's department was injured.  Lynch was shot and taken to the hospital. No information is being released about where he was shot and what condition he's in now.

"Our department has had numerous contacts with Mr. Lynch over the past several years and those contacts have not been positive. They have been escalating," Cramer says.

The department has had contact with Lynch 12 times in the past two years.  Lynch is currently on probation and is not allowed to possess firearms.

"How did he get this weapon for last night's activity? It's a concern. Was it the Internet? Was it somebody else that purchased the weapon? That will come out in this case. Most of the people in our department where at or involved with the scene, so, the Eau Claire Police Department has been asked to do the investigation for us. It makes it very clean for us to step back and let the ECPD look at policy, procedure," Cramer says.

The deputy who fired the shots is on administrative leave during the investigation. His name has not been released. The sheriff's department says it's confident the deputy involved followed procedure and protocol.  As we said, there's no word on Lynch's condition.

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Eau Claire Co. (WQOW) - Eau Claire County authorities have confirmed to WQOW News 18 that the suspect involved in the incident is Paul Lynch, 46, of rural Eau Claire.  In June of 2013 he was sentenced to up to 7 months in jail on three convictions of illegally possessing firearms.

A press conference is being held at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.  We'll be sure to update this story as soon as we learn more.

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Eau Claire Co. (Press Release) - On January 13, 2014 at 9:42 p.m., 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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