CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa County sheriff’s deputy stabbed in the shoulder Saturday morning when another man charged him is expected to recover from the injury, authorities said.
According to the Chippewa County sheriff’s office:
The deputy was stabbed after responding to a call in the town of Wheaton about a 35-year-old man who threatened to harm himself.
Deputies discovered the man in a vehicle parked on 90th Street near Highway 29. The man apparently was not taking his prescribed medication and was acting erratic.
Deputies approached the vehicle after attempting to communicate with the man, who then exited the vehicle and charged one of the deputies before stabbing him. Deputies used stun guns to subdue the man.
The injured deputy was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, where he was treated. He was expected to be released from the hospital later that day.
The man who stabbed the deputy was detained and is being evaluated.
The sheriff’s office has not released the names of the injured deputy or the man authorities say stabbed him but plans to do so at a later date.
The incident is under investigation.
Ironically, former sheriff’s Deputy William Gray — stabbed repeatedly on Nov. 14, 2014, was honored this past week with the Law Enforcement Purple Heart, an award presented to an officer injured in the line of duty.
Gray shot and killed the man attacking him.