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Deputy gets back to work after he was stabbed

CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa County deputy who was stabbed while investigating a domestic incident on Aug. 25 has returned to work.

Sgt. Andrew Clark, who has worked for the sheriff’s office for 12 years, returned to work Friday, said Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk.

Clark was stabbed by a knife in his left shoulder while attempting to restrain Travis A. Abbiehl, 35, of Cadott. Clark was treated and released from an Eau Claire hospital after the incident and has been recovering at home, Kowalczyk said.

Abbiehl was taken into custody on a mental health commitment. He has hasn’t yet been charged.

The incident began when authorities received a call at 9:49 a.m. Aug. 25 about suspicious persons on 90th Street in the town of Wheaton. A caller said Abbiehl was “not taking his prescribed medication and was acting erratic.”

Upon arrival, the deputies saw Abbiehl sitting in a vehicle, holding a knife. Deputies approached the car and tried to talk with him. Abbiehl exited the car, charged Clark, and stabbed him in the shoulder. Deputies used their Tasers twice to subdue Abbiehl.

Online court records show Abbiehl spent time at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison after a disorderly conduct incident in 2011.

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