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Man who stabbed sheriff's deputy likely to face charges, sheriff says

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CHIPPEWA FALLS — Authorities have identified the Chippewa County sheriff’s deputy who was stabbed Saturday morning as well as the man who attacked him. 

Sgt. Andrew Clark was knifed in the shoulder by Travis A. Abbiehl, 35, of Cadott when Clark approached Abbiehl, who was threatening to to harm himself at the time. The incident occurred on 90th Street near Highway 29 in the Chippewa County town of Wheaton.

Clark, a 12-year veteran of the department, was treated and released Saturday from Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He is recovering at his rural Chippewa Falls home, Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said. 

Abbiehl is in custody and will face numerous charges related to the incident, the sheriff said.The matter will be forwarded to the county district attorney’s office for consideration of possible charges against  

According to the Chippewa County sheriff’s office: 

Deputies discovered Abbiehl in a vehicle parked on 90th Street near Highway 29. He apparently was not taking his prescribed medication and was acting erratic.

Deputies approached his vehicle after attempting to communicate with Abbiehl, who then exited the vehicle and charged Clark before stabbing him. Deputies used stun guns to subdue him.

The incident remains under investigation, Kowalczyk said.

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 in that instance.


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