UPDATE: Suspect apprehended in Eau Claire County homicide investigation

TOWNSHIP OF CLEAR CREEK, Wis. (WKBT) – Law enforcement arrested the suspect in an Eau Claire homicide investigation Tuesday night.

Philip Novak was caught in Phillips Wisconsin around midnight, according to the Eau Claire County Sheriff. Novak was wanted in connection with the June 16 death of 46-year-old Eddie Banks. Banks died of a gunshot wound.

According to law enforcement, Phillips Police apprehended Novak without incident. The Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office said that while their prime suspect is in custody, they are still following up on a number of leads and interviews part of their investigation.


Authorities have identified both the suspect and the victim in a homicide investigation.

Philip Novak

Philip Novak

Law enforcement officers are looking for 36-year-old Philip R. Novak, who is believed to have fled the area. Authorities say information they have received indicated he may be in northern Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Law enforcement also identified the victim, 46-year-old Eddie Banks. A passerby discovered Banks’ body left in a ditch on Mallard Road Thursday. The Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office said Banks died of a gunshot wound.

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Anyone with information on Novak’s whereabouts should contact the Eau Claire Communications Center’s non-emergency line at (715) 839-4972.

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