Speaking about the threat of a mass shooting at a local high school - Eau Claire police, say there were 10 to 12 students included in the string of messages sent back and forth between them. Of those 10 to 12 students, four of them, three boys and one girl, made threats. All four are 15-year-old freshmen. Police said each of the four students had various degrees of involvement, but police believe this to be a credible threat because students had weapons and a plan in place. Eau Claire Deputy Chief Matt Rokus said "This was a real threat," "There was a lot of specificity, the students involved had access to guns and they were specific on how they were going to carry out this threat." The plan came to light when one of the students included in the string of messages told a parent, who then told police.
An alleged threat aimed at the Barron High School has resulted in charges against a student there. 17-year old Austin Banks is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. According to the criminal complaint, he told a fellow student words to the effect, "I am going to shoot up the school and I could get more than 17 people." That's an apparent reference to the number of students killed in the recent Parkland school shooting. Investigators said Banks stated it was just a joke. The charge carries up to three months possible jail time.
The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office arrested a man wanted by multiple agencies in a standoff Thursday. Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said the sheriff's office got a call from Batemen Express Mart in the town of Lafayette for a retail theft. They believed 32-year-old Cody Walker of Chippewa Falls was involved in that theft. Walker had multiple active arrest warrants out on him. Once located he refused to cooperate with law enforcement and refused to leave a friend's house. Eventually officials used the sheriff's department K-9 unit Max to apprehend Walker inside the home. Walker will now face more charges, including resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance (meth) and retail theft.