A Chippewa County Sheriff’s officer was involved in a shooting Friday night, Oct. 8 that resulted in the death of the subject. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating the incident.

According to DCI an officer involved death (OID) occured in Chippewa County on the evening of Friday, October 8, 2021.

On that evening, a Chippewa County Sheriff’s sergeant initiated a traffic stop with a subject on a moped in rural Chippewa County. A physical altercation between the subject and sergeant broke out during the traffic stop and the subject sprayed the sergeant with a substance. The sergeant discharged their weapon, striking the subject.

EMS provided life-saving measures to the subject, but the subject succumbed to their injuries before arriving at a hospital.

No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.

The involved officer from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

DCI is leading this investigation and is assisted by the Eau Claire Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.

DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Chippewa County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

Chippewa County Sheriff James L. Kowalczyk told media via email, “The Division Of Criminal Investigation is the lead agency concerning this investigation and future media releases will originate from them and I will forward those to you.”

According to Kowalczyk the incident happened in the Township of Goetz.

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