A St. Croix Police officer killed a man at the Dalles House Motel in St. Croix Falls. The police were called after receiving a 911 call from a woman needing help.
According to a press release, the man, whose name was not released, was allegedly wielding a knife when he “rushed” a police officer and that the man was shot.
The police described it as, “The male then rushed an officer with the knife forcing an officer to discharge his weapon.”
He died of his injuries on the scene.
When police were able to enter the room, they located a woman “with several stab wounds to her neck and chest.” She was then airlifted to a metro hospital. Her name has also not been released.
Barron County is handling the officer-involved shooting investigation and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be handling the incident that happened inside the motel room before the shooting, according to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald spoke to the Sentinel and explained that an outside department needs to investigate officer-involved shootings.
“It is usually handled by the DCI (Department of Criminal Investigations) but they did not respond to this, so we were chosen to lead this investigation,” he said.
Due to the ongoing investigation, Fitzgerald was unable to comment further on the investigation.