Eau Claire (Press Release) - On Saturday, February 8, 2014, while patrolling the area, an Eau Claire police officer heard what he believed to be multiple gunshots coming from the area of the 1800 block of Kendall Street in the City of Eau Claire. The officer then observed a vehicle leave that area at a high rate of speed and turn westbound onto Cameron Street. The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle and observed that it had turned northbound on Nicholas Drive. Simultaneously, the Eau Claire Communications Center broadcast a report of gunshots from the 1800 block of Kendall Street. Upon turning onto Nicholas Drive to pursue the suspect vehicle, the officer observed the suspect vehicle had crashed into a snowbank as it attempted to negotiate the curve at W. Platt Street.
Two male occupants exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. The officer pursued one male, later identified as Justin M. Barnard and took him into custody a short distance away. Assisting Eau Claire police officers tracked the second male, later identified as Matthew J. Weiland, to a porch at a residence on Fourteenth Street. He was also taken into custody. Officers also located a loaded handgun near the crashed suspect vehicle.
Investigation of the original incident by the Eau Claire Police Department Patrol and Detective Divisions indicated that just before 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014, Weiland and Barnard entered a residence on Kendall Street without permission and demanded money from one of the residents. Following a short confrontation inside, Weiland and Barnard exited the residence and fired multiple gunshots. No one was injured during the incident. Furthermore, the investigation shows that this was an isolated, targeted incident.
Both Matthew Weiland and Justin Barnard are expected to appear in Eau Claire County Circuit Court today at 3:30 p.m. on numerous charges related to this incident.
Eau Claire (WQOW) - Police arrested two men over the weekend after an armed robbery where gunshots were fired.
The Eau Claire Police Department says it happened late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. The two men reportedly went to a home in the 1800 block of Kendall Street in Eau Claire and were looking for money. As they left, police say gunshots were fired.
An officer in the area saw a vehicle speeding away from the scene. That vehicle then crashed at the intersection of Nicholas Drive and West Platt, off of Cameron Street. One of the men was arrested. Officers tracked the other man to a residence and he was later arrested. Police have identified the suspects as 23-year-old Matthew Weiland, of Eau Claire, and 28-year-old Justin Barnard, of Chippewa Falls.
The department says it will release more information on this case later today.
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