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NEW INFORMATION: Chippewa Falls police reopen streets downtown


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - In a second press conference, Chippewa Falls Police Officer Rob Teuteberg said they are opening streets so that residents can return home.

The nature of the incident still remains unclear, but during a media briefing Tuesday evening, Chippewa Falls Police said no one was injured. They are still searching the home along West Central Street where the incident took place. Police did not comment on whether a gun was found.

Chippewa Falls police say law enforcement officers had already been in the area Tuesday morning when officers heard shots fired.

For the safety of the community, police immediately vacated residents from surrounding homes, closed down streets and alerted schools of the issue.

"Obviously the paramount thing to us is safety, and we did understand that did inconvenience people and we apologize for that, but obviously we want everyone to be safe," Teuteberg said. "So in order to do that we have to do things that are an inconvenience." 

When asked if this incident has anything to do with a death investigation underway in Chippewa County, Officer Teuteberg said they are considering that as a possibility.

The investigation is ongoing. There are no suspects in custody, no one was injured during today's incident.


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - During a press conference, Chippewa Falls Police Officer Rob Teuteberg said the department is investigating reports of shots fired in the downtown area.

Police have set up a perimeter in the area of W. Central Street and Island Street, near the Trinity United Methodist Church. They are asking residents to stay clear of the area. The police department also sent out a city-wide alert, asking people to shelter in place for their safety. They also say they don't believe there is a specific threat to the public but want to err on the side of caution.

Officer Teuterberg said he can't confirm shots were fired, but said both residents and officers reported hearing multiple shots. He also said they have yet to approach the home where the incident may have happened. So far, there are no reports of anyone injured.

When asked if this incident is connected to yesterday's death investigation, Teuteberg said they are considering it as a possibility.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department is working in conjunction with the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department. Teuteberg said they will address the public again at 5:30 p.m. and will continue to post updates on Twitter and Facebook.


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Streets in downtown Chippewa Falls are closed because of an ongoing police situation. Sheriff James Kowalczyk told News 18 Chippewa Falls Police are investigating a report of shots fired.

A News 18 reporter on scene said parts of Central Street are closed near the Trinity United Methodist Church. Police are directing traffic away from the area.

News 18 will continue to bring you updates as the situation unfolds. Police will address the media around 1:45 p.m.

Police are advising the public to avoid Spring St, River St., Central Street and Pine Street.

Chippewa Falls School District has released a statement saying they will continue to hold classes, but advise parents/guardians and students to avoid the mentioned street area downtown. The district also released a statement for parents/guardians that they will hold children at Hillcrest for parent pick up. Families of these students will contacted directly by school personnel.

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