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Eau Claire man faces 15 charges after Tuesday's stand-off


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Fifteen criminal charges were filed Thursday against the man arrested after a stand-off Tuesday night on Eau Claire's north side.

Nine of the charges against Emmitt Ritter-Simpson are for recklessly endangering safety. He is also charged with strangling a man to unconsciousness and punching a woman with his fist in the mobile home where the stand-off ensued. 

Ritter-Simpson is accused of firing 50-75 rounds from a pellet gun at, and near, responding officers. Officers said he shouted he did not want to go back to jail, and that the only way this was going to end was with some "bloody pigs."

Police said he told them he had booby-trapped the home with homemade explosives. A bomb squad later found numerous devices with fuses in the home.

After his arrest, Ritter-Simpson told police if they had entered the home he planned to throw improvised shrapnel grenades at them and stab whoever he could. He also said he had "flipped a switch" with anger during the incident. His grandmother told them he had a 'mood disorder.'

A judge set his bond at $50,000. He returns to court Jan. 23.

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