Eau Claire (WQOW) — The man accused of shooting Eau Claire officers with a BB gun in January has changed his plea.
Emmitt Ritter-Simpson faces 15 charges in connection to the incident on the 1600 block of Western Avenue on January 16.
Monday in Eau Claire County court, Ritter-Simpson withdrew a not guilty plea by reason of mental disease or defect (NGI) and submitted a not guilty plea.
Ritter-Simpson is accused of firing 50 to 75 rounds from a pellet gun at officers, hitting three. The incident led to a standoff. Police also said he had booby-trapped his home with explosives to keep officers from getting in to the trailer. He told police he had barricaded himself inside because he wanted to die.
Ritter-Simpson also faces charges of attempted first degree murder after trying to stab a jailer with a sharpened toothbrush. The jailer escaped and was not harmed.
A future court date has yet to be set.