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St Croix Falls Police Shooting of Terry Treleven [Video]


Body camera video of the St. Croix Falls Police shooting on Aug. 8 that left an Eau Claire man, Terry Treleven, 45, dead, has been released.

Watch the video here:

According to a press release:

On Aug. 8 at 9:44 p.m., St. Croix Falls Police responded to a 911 call at the Dalles House Motel. The caller reported that an adult female in a room needed help as her boyfriend had a knife.

Officers arrived within two minutes of the call, knocked on the motel room door and identified themselves. Terry Treleven opened the door with a knife in his hand. Treleven held the knife in an aggressive manner and was ordered several times to drop the knife by both officers. Treleven refused and then came towards Officer Mariakis, who was forced to shoot his handgun. Treleven died at the scene.

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A female victim was found in the motel room and had several stabs wounds to her neck, chest and hands. She was taken to St. Croix Regional Medical Center then airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She is continuing to recover from this incident.

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The St. Croix Falls Police Department was assisted by: The Barron, Polk and St. Croix County Sheriff’s Departments, WI Department of Justice State Crime Lab, Polk County Medical Examiners Office and the Polk County District Attorney’s Office.

According to information in the video:

  • Officer Lebrun observed a bloodied female on the bed in the motel room and blood on Treleven’s left hand.
  • Offivers gave Treleven at least twelve commands to drop the knife, his only response were expletives and “go ahead”.
  • Treleven was violating a no contact order issued by the WI Department of Corrections, he was not to have contact with the female victim.

On Sept. 2, the Polk County District Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting was justified.

Jim Piwowarczyk
Jim Piwowarczyk is an investigative journalist and co-founder of Wisconsin Right Now. Married with 3 kids, a chocolate lab, and a german shepherd. Jim served as a police officer in Wisconsin for more than 20 years. His career started as a police officer in Milwaukee County in 1994 as a patrol officer, until he was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2003 where he worked until he left in 2009 to pursue business aspirations. Jim Piwowarczyk was a field training officer, evidence technician & hostage negotiator and conducted many drug investigations. Jim continued to work part-time for an area police department. Jim is avid real estate investor, and small business owner & developer. Jim has coached youth football and basketball. Jim is also an avid fisherman and hunter.

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