AWOL inmate fatally shot in Eau Claire

11:38 AM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The jail inmate fatally shot by an Eau Claire officer after leading police on a chase in a stolen SUV had a record of fleeing from authorities and drug crimes.

Twenty-four-year-old Christian Peterson, of Wausau, was shot and killed after he tried to climb into a pickup truck stopped at a Culver's drive-through window Friday. Police say they were chasing Peterson because he had been involved in two hit-and-run crashes and an armed home invasion in Eau Claire in which he stole the SUV. Authorities say he failed to return to the Marathon County Jail Sept. 20 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says Peterson was jailed in Chippewa County in 2010 for fleeing an officer. He was also sentenced to prison in 2011 for fleeing an officer and drug possession.

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