March 6, 2017
Three people, including a child and a police officer, were injured in an overnight incident on Eau Claire’s north side. The suspect is in custody as of Monday morning.
Eau Claire police said they were called to a home on the 3300 block of Runway Avenue around midnight for a report of “family trouble.” Bridget Coit, a public information officer with the Eau Claire Police Department said a three-year-old child was injured, and the suspect is a 20-year-old man.
After the child was injured, the suspect went down the block and allegedly started a fight at another home. Police surrounded the second home, and when the suspect came outside, Coit says he started a fight with one of the officers, who was injured. That officer used his taser on the 20-year-old, but it didn’t stop him.
Coit said the suspect stole a squad car and drove it down the alleyway, crashing into four parked cars and a fence. The suspect barricaded himself inside the car, but Coit said one of the windows had broken, so officers used the opening to pepper spray the suspect.
Once the suspect came out of the car, officers fired multiple beanbag rounds at him, according to police. Once he was hit, they were able to take him into custody.
The suspect, the injured office and the child were all expected to recover from their injuries.