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River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A town of Eau Galle man was killed Saturday evening in a standoff with sheriff's deputies.

Patrick McDonnell, 51, was fatally wounded after he shot at least twice at law officers and they returned fire at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 22, said St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts.

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The sheriff's report said at 7:46 p.m. deputies arrived at 2648 Boston Rd. in response to a 911 call. A woman reported her husband was intoxicated, suicidal and armed with a handgun.

McDonnell entered the home brandishing a handgun and ordered her and two teenaged children to leave. He followed them out and fired one shot in the air. The woman and children were not hurt, the report said.

McDonnell had three firearms in his possession, including two handguns and a rifle, when he confronted officers in his driveway. One of the shots fired from the rifle hit a squad car blocking the end of the driveway, the report said.

The three deputies, who were not injured, returned fire. The have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation in accordance with standard procedure, the Sheriff said. Their names were not released.

A sheriff's department official said the McDonnell and his wife were going through divorce proceedings.

The investigation is led by Pierce County Sheriff's office assisted by Polk County and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.

The three deputies are expected to be on leave a one and one-half to two weeks, said Chief Deputy Scott L. Knudson.

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