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Family of Neillsville man shot by cop files claim

UPDATED Saturday, May 31, 2014 --- 7:25 p.m.

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The family of a man fatally shot by a Neillsville police officer has filed a claim asking the city and the officer for a $2 million settlement.
Officer Aaron Bembnister responded to a domestic disturbance call Dec. 13. According to a prosecutor's report, Ricky Taylor ignored commands to drop the knife. The report says Bembnister retreated as far as he could when he shot Taylor. The district attorney has said Bembnister was justified.
The News-Herald Media reports the claim filed Friday alleges the city was negligent in training officers to respond to a person "experiencing an emotional crisis and/or who was intoxicated." The claim also alleges Bembnister used excessive force.
Neillsville city attorney Bonnie Wachsmuth says the city had not been served by Friday afternoon and had no comment.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, March 21, 2014 --- 4:57 p.m.

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A Neillsville police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man who confronted him with a knife in December.

Clark County District Attorney Lyndsey Boon Brunette says 24-year-old Officer Aaron Bembnister was justified in using deadly force.

Authorities say Bembnister responded to a domestic disturbance call early on Dec. 13 in Neillsville. While at the home he was confronted by Ricky Taylor of Neillsville. According to the prosecutor's report, Taylor ignored commands to drop the knife, and Bembnister had retreated as far as he could when the officer fired three or four shots.

Taylor died at a hospital. The report says his blood-alcohol level was 0.198 percent, more than double Wisconsin's legal limit to drive.

WAOW-TV reports Bembnister joined the police department in May 2012.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, December 16, 2013 --- 6:07 p.m.

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of a Neillsville police officer who shot and killed a man armed with a knife during a confrontation.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department identifies the officer as 24-year-old Aaron Bembnister.

Authorities say Bembnister responded to a domestic disturbance call about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Neillsville. While at the home he was confronted by 23-year-old Ricky Taylor of Neillsville. The sheriff's office says Taylor was shot after approaching the officer and being told numerous times to drop the knife.

The officer is on standard administrative leave.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department and state agents continue to investigate.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, December 13, 2013 --- 6:21 p.m.

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a Neillsville police officer has shot and killed a man armed with a knife during a confrontation.

Authorities say the officer responded to a domestic disturbance call about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Neillsville. The Clark County Sheriff's Department says as the officer walked up to the main entrance a 23-year-old Neillsville man began approaching the officer with a knife in his hand.

The sheriff's office says the officer gave "numerous orders" to drop the knife and then shot the man as he continued approaching.

The man was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield where he died. Names of the officer and the man were not immediately released.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department and state agents are investigating.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Posted Friday, December 13, 2013 --- 12:22 p.m.

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Neillsville police say an officer has shot and killed an armed suspect during a confrontation.

Authorities say the officer responded to a domestic disturbance call about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Neillsville. Police say the officer was confronted by a subject with a weapon and shot the suspect.

The subject was taken to a hospital in Neillsville, then flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield where the person died.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department and state agents are investigating.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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