UPDATE: As News 18 reported has reported, shots were fired during a chase that went through multiples cities on August 31. Now, we know two officers pulled the trigger on the suspect Girard Jones.
According to Eau Claire police and Chippewa Falls police, near the end of the chase Jones drove his car at officers. That is when Chippewa Falls Officer Thomas Wahl and Eau Claire Officer Mitchell Hunsley shot at Jones.
According to Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal Smokowicz, the pursuit went through the Lake Hallie Walmart parking lot. At that point, a person unrelated to this chase fired a gun, according to Smokowicz.
Jones continued on Melby Street where he came to a stop and was arrested.
Both officers were placed on leave, but are expected to be back to full duty by next week.
UPDATE: Police have now identified the suspect in a chase that involved gunshots.
According to Eau Claire police, on August 31 around 4 a.m., they were called to the hospital where a woman had severe head trauma. Officials said a part of her skull had to be removed to relieve pressure on her brain. Police believed the woman was the victim of a crime.
During the investigation, police identified Girard Jones, 41, as a possible suspect. They worked with other police departments to find him.
Jones was found at a home in the Chippewa Falls area, and police say they tried to peacefully take him into custody. However, Jones took off in the victim’s vehicle and a pursuit began. Gun shots were fired during the chase.
The chase ended on Melby Street, near Highway 53, and Jones was arrested.
Court records show the victim had a protective order against Jones from Minnesota and he was not allowed to have contact with her.
During an interview, Jones told police the victim jumped out of a moving vehicle in the area of Alpine Road and North Clairemont Ave. When police searched the area, they found the victim’s shoe, watch and pieces of her clothing.
The victim’s mom said the victim had a lot going for her and said she would not have jumped out of a car unless she was in danger.
The victim remains in critical condition as police continue to investigate how she was injured.
The Eau Claire District Attorney’s Office has charged Jones with domestic first degree recklessly endangering safety – repeater, domestic duty to aid victim or report crime – repeater and domestic violate foreign protection order- repeater. His bond was set at $50,000. He’s due back in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, September 11.
UPDATE: A suspect is in custody after what started as a domestic situation ended with gunshots.
According to the Eau Claire Police Department, On Friday morning they were called to a local
medical facility where a victim was in critical condition from a possible domestic incident.
While police were investigating, they identified a suspect and worked with other police departments to find him. They determined the suspect was in the Chippewa Falls/Lake Hallie area.
Police located the suspect and tried to arrest him peacefully, but the suspect took off and a chase started. Shots were fired during the chase which eventually ended on Melby Street.
The suspect was taken into custody and nobody was injured.
The Eau Claire Police department is expected to release more information on the Tuesday after Labor Day.
UPDATE: A suspect is in custody after reports of shots fired Friday evening.
Eau Claire police, Chippewa Falls police, the State Patrol and West Central Drug Task Force all responded.
It is still an active scene on Melby Street. Police are asking you to avoid the area.
Chippewa County (WQOW) – There is a large police presence in southern Chippewa County and police have Melby Street blocked off just off of Highway 53.
News 18 reporters on scene see a vehicle with a broken back window. An ambulance left the scene but did not transport anyone.
Stay with News 18 for the latest information.