Eau Claire DA: September officer-involved shooting ‘reasonable act of self-defense’

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) — Two police officers were acting in self-defense and defense of others in a September 4 shooting, according to the DA’s office.

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Police responded to an incident on the 1900 block of Declaration Drive that night on reports of a gunshot and man “waving around a gun”.

On arrival, police claim that after directing 34-year-old Clayton Livingston to drop his gun, Livingston “adopted a shooting stance and pointed the gun at officers”. Officers Sam Sperry and Tre Johnson shot Livingston, who was then transported to the hospital. He survived the shooting.

Based on a review of evidence from the Wisconsin DOJ, the Eau Claire DA’s office concluded that the use of deadly force was “reasonable, given the circumstances.”

Read the DA’s full statement here.