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This happened less than 40 miles away from my house.

http://www.chronotype.com/newarticle.as ... leID=12675

Man shot by deputy in standoff
Criminal charges are pending against a Cumberland man who opened fire during a standoff with law enforcement officers outside his residence Saturday, Sept. 22.

Robert Knowlton, 46, was shot twice by Barron County Sheriff’s Department deputy Vince Graf when Knowlton allegedly failed to put his rifle down.

Knowlton was airlifted to an Eau Claire hospital. His injuries are not life threatening, said Barron County Sheriff Tom Richie.

Graf, who’s been a Barron County deputy for 4 years, is on administrative leave at least until the Polk County Sheriff’s Department completes its investigation of the incident, said Richie.

Sheriff’s records state that a crisis line worker called a dispatcher at 3:40 a.m. and said a man had called and said that he went to jail for slapping his adult daughter. The man, later identified as Knowlton, said he hated Barron County deputies and judges and he was going to kill them.

The crisis worker told the dispatcher that she asked Knowlton who he was going to kill the judge, jailer or officer. Knowlton allegedly said, “The f----- who started it and the f----- who ended it.”

The crisis worker again asked who that would be, and Knowlton allegedly said he wasn’t telling because she’d send officers, started swearing at her and hung up.

Because Knowlton had a history of mental commitments, officers responded to Knowlton’s house, records stated.

The dispatcher then received a call from the mental health unit of Cumberland Hospital reporting that a male, later identified as Knowlton, had called and said he was going to kill Judge [James] Eaton “tomorrow” and then kill Knowlton’s daughter’s boyfriend.

Knowlton allegedly said he had rifles and was ready for anyone who came to the door. The dispatcher noted that Knowlton’s wife was in the house because Knowlton was heard telling her to go to bed, the records stated.

Cumberland police officers and Barron County deputies responded to Knowlton’s house. Following unsuccessful negotiations, Knowlton allegedly exited the house with a .30-.30 rifle and fired a round.

He then allegedly proceeded in the direction of the officers, who told him to drop his weapon. Knowlton allegedly ignored repeated requests for him to drop his rifle, and Graf shot him twice.

Court records state that Knowlton has a number of cases—a restraining order, traffic and small claims—that have been heard by Eaton.

Knowlton was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a noncriminal charge of obstructing an officer in 2004. Barron County Judge James Babler heard that case.

Knowlton was also convicted of noncriminal charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct in 1992.-09/26/07

by Eileen Nimm
Chronotype staff
 
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Sounds like an attempt to commit assisted suicide with the help of LEO's,but Deputy Vince Graf wasn't accomplished enough with his firearm,to accommodate the requested task.
 

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The Barron County Sheriff himself is one of my instructors. My old 1SG (before he retired) is a Barron County deputee.
 
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