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NEW INFO.: Charges filed following Menomonie SWAT situation

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Menomonie (WQOW) - Formal charges have been filed against the man reportedly at the center of last week's SWAT standoff in Menomonie. 

Menomonie police said they arrived to an apartment building on the 2700 block of Fryklund Drive shortly after 5 p.m. They discovered Phillip Edward Chism, 39, was making threats to harm his significant other. Police said the victim was separated from Chism shortly after.

Authorities said Chism was seen going into an apartment on the second story of the building. Police said they were advised Chism may have been armed with a gun. That was when police evacuated the area and blocked off traffic to Fryklund Drive.

Police said the Eau Claire Regional SWAT Team was called to assist. Officers attempted to talk with Chism while he was barricaded alone inside the apartment, but attempts to contact him failed.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., authorities said the Eau Claire Regional SWAT Team deployed gas into the apartment to get Chism to come outside. Police said he exited the residence and was taken into custody.

Chism is charged with seven felonies, including third degree sexual assault, failing to comply with an officer and four counts of bail jumping. If convicted on all charges, Chism faces more than 45 years in prison. 


Posted Aug. 3

Menomonie (WQOW) - Authorities have released the name of the man involved in a domestic incident on Wednesday night in Menomonie.

Menomonie police said they arrived to an apartment building on the 2700 block of Fryklund Drive shortly after 5 p.m. They discovered Phillip Edward Chism, 39, was making threats to harm his significant other. Police said the victim was separated from Chism shortly after.

Authorities said Chism was seen going into an apartment on the second story of the building. Police said they were advised Chism may have been armed with a gun. That was when police evacuated the area and blocked off traffic to Fryklund Drive.

Police said the Eau Claire Regional SWAT Team was called to assist. Officers attempted to talk with Chism while he was barricaded alone inside the apartment, but attempts to contact him failed.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., authorities said the Eau Claire Regional SWAT Team deployed gas into the apartment to get Chism to come outside. Police said he exited the residence and was taken into custody.

Police are recommending charges of second degree sexual assault, failure to comply with officer's attempt to take into custody, as well as bail jumping and disorderly conduct. According to court records, Chism is currently awaiting trial for a number of open cases, including multiple charges of possession of methamphetamine and bail jumping. 

Bond was set Thursday for $10,000. He is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 8.


Posted Aug. 2:

Menomonie (WQOW) - Authorities in Menomonie say they are still taking precautions to ensure resident safety after a situation was resolved Wednesday night.

Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson told News 18 as of 10:40 p.m. a male subject was taken into custody without incident. Chief Atkinson also said the area is contained, but people are being advised to avoid the area of Fryklund Drive.

Earlier Wednesday evening, Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer told News 18 the Eau Claire County Swat Team was on scene. Sheriff Cramer said authorities were trying to make contact with a man living in an apartment in the area, who made threats against his significant other. The suspect did mention to law enforcement that he had a gun. However, the victim is safe at this time.

The Menomonie Police Department is still investigating this situation. Stick with News 18 on air and online for the latest in this situation.


Menomonie (WQOW) - Authorities are urging people to avoid an area in Menomonie after a situation unfolded Wednesday evening.

Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson told News 18 that the situation on Fryklund Drive is contained, but people should still avoid the area.

Earlier Wednesday evening, Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer told News 18 the Eau Claire County Swat Team was on scene. Sheriff Cramer said authorities were trying to make contact with a man living in an apartment in the area, who made threats against his significant other.

Chief Atkinson said police are setting up a media staging area and are planning to provide an update shortly.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 18 on air and online for the very latest.


Posted Aug. 2, 2017 at 9:07 p.m.:

Menomonie (WQOW) -- Swat and police are surrounding an apartment building in Menomonie, for what authorities tell News 18 is a 'barricaded subject'. 

The Menomonie Police Department is asking people to avoid the Fryklund Drive area, and for anyone living in that area to seek shelter.

Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer told News 18 the Eau Claire County Swat Team is on scene. Sheriff Cramer said authorities are trying to make contact with a man living in an apartment in the area who made threats against his significant other.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 18 on air and online for the very latest.

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