Man shot by deputy in Eau Claire County

Deputies responded to domestic violence report

An Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputy shot a man after the suspect opened fire at a deputy, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Authorities said deputies went to a home in response to a domestic violence report at about 9:40 p.m. When deputies arrived, they believed the woman in the home was in danger and the man was excessively violent, so the tactical team was activated. 

The sheriff’s office said Paul Franklin Lynch, 46, came out of the home with an assault-type rifle and fired at a deputy. There was an exchange of gunfire and the wan was wounded. Lynch was taken to a local hospital. His condition has not been released at this time. 

Deputies had responded to the home 12 times in the past two years for incidents where the Lynch was unruly, violent, threatening, uncooperative, and weapons had to be removed from the home, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Upon initial review, Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said he supports the actions of the deputy and has expressed his concern for all families involved. 

The Eau Claire Police Department is investigating the incident and the deputy, by policy is on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. More information is expected to be released later Tuesday.