Eau Claire County (WQOW) – The Eau Claire County district attorney has ruled officers were justified in shooting and killing a man in March.
According to the report, Tyler Meier had a history with law enforcement and was convicted of felony murder in Clark County in 2010. He served five years in prison for that crime.
On March 2, a farmer called police after Tyler Meier came to his farm while naked. He said he was acting erratically, kissed the farmer’s hand and asked to take his tractor.
When police arrived to the scene on Kempton Road between Augusta and Fairchild, they said Meier seemed agitated and was throwing himself in the snow because he had, “Sinned against God last night.”
Officers say Meier eventually started to strip his clothing and told them, “You’re going to have to shoot me.”
He then attacked Augusta Police Officer Levi Stumo, got on top of him and attempted to strangle him.
Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Eaton told investigators he shot the suspect twice with a taser and used pepper spray, but it did not stop Meier from attacking.
Eaton eventually pulled Meier off of Stumo.
According to the report, Stumo said Meier charged him again. Stumo said he feared for his life so he shot Meier in the chest.
Even after he was shot, Stumo told investigators he believed Meier was trying to take his gun.
Despite live-saving measures, Meier was pronounced dead at the scene.
District Attorney Gary King said based on the investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, officers were justified in their use of force.