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Man that caused SWAT situation at Chippewa Falls motel had previous gun conviction: Complaint

Chippewa County (WQOW) – The man police say made a 911 call that lead to a SWAT situation at a Chippewa Falls hotel has been charged, and we are learning more about his past.

Christopher Knyphausen is charged with a count of threat to law enforcement officers and a count of terrorist threats – create risk of causing result.

According to the criminal complaint, police were looking for Knyphausen following a theft at Klein Hall in Chippewa Falls.

While they were searching for him, police say Knyphausen called 911 and said, “I know you are looking for me. I have a 9 mm and am not afraid to use it. Send everyone.”

Police say the call plotted at Indianhead Motel on Summit Avenue. Officers called the motel and confirmed Knyphausen had rented room 19.

According to the complaint, officers arrived on scene, set up a perimeter and called in the Eau Claire County SWAT Team. They used a pole camera and saw Knyphausen inside the room. Officers say they gave multiple commands for Knyphausen to exit the room with his hands up.

An investigator said the SWAT team ordered Knyphausen to “drop the gun” and “put the weapon down.”

The criminal complaint does not say what happened next, but we do know officers shot Knyphausen.

There is also no word on if Knyphausen actually had a gun. Police were asked that question during a press conference last week but they did not answer the question.

We are also learning new details about Knyphausen’s past run-ins with the law.

According to this same criminal complaint filed in Chippewa County, Knyphausen was convicted of 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon in Benton County, Minnesota on January 29, 2015. The complaint states on July 31, 2014, Knyphausen called police in St. Cloud and said he was near a school and was going to shoot up everything. Knyphausen shot toward a responding officer in that case, according to the complaint.

If convicted on both of these Chippewa County charges, Knyphausen faces nine years and six months behind bars.

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