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DA clears deputy in Eau Claire County shooting

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The Eau Claire County district attorney has cleared a sheriff’s deputy who shot and wounded a man in January.

According to the DA’s report, Deputy Dustin Walters told Paul Lynch to put down his assault rifle and that Lynch was the first to fire his gun after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the Township of Union Jan. 13.

According to DA Gary King’s report, Lynch had a blood alcohol level of .21 and was under a court order not to possess a firearm. Lynch was shot in the thigh after exchanging gunfire with the deputy.

King’s review says his investigation revealed that Lynch made statements on the day of the shooting that he was going to shoot police and wanted to die.

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