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Chippewa Falls standoff suspect says he is not guilty because of mental disease or defect

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Chippewa County (WQOW) - A suspect in a standoff and police shooting in Chippewa Falls said he is not guilty because of mental disease or defect.

According to the criminal complaint, police were looking for Christopher 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 said he was shot by an Eau Claire deputy after ignoring multiple commands to come out and drop the weapon.

Knyphausen is charged with battery or threat to a law enforcement officer and making a terrorist threat.

Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Now, he will be examined by a mental health expert before the case can proceed.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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