Man taken into custody after Christmas Day standoff
WASHBURN COUNTY - A man was taken into custody on Christmas Day after allegedly threatening to shoot others and himself.
The Washburn County Sheriff’s Department received a call about the man at approximately 11:25 a.m. Deputies responded to a residence in the Town of Long Lake but were unable to establish a dialogue with the man, who was the sole occupant of the home, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.
The Washburn County Special Response Team was deployed along with support from the Douglas County Response Team. An ambulance from Lakeview Medical Center was placed on standby near the scene until the situation was resolved.
After several hours of attempting to communicate with the individual, chemical munitions were introduced into the residence.
The man did not respond to orders to exit the building, requiring tactical officers and the Washburn County K-9 to make entry into the home. They located the man in the house and took him into custody. No injuries occurred.
Sheriff Terry Dryden said he was thankful to the law enforcement officers from Washburn and Douglas counties and the Wisconsin State Patrol, along with the LMC ambulance crew. “The commitment of these responders kept them away from their own families for over six hours on Christmas Day, in order to serve a family in dire need of help,” he said. —with information from Washburn County Sheriff’s Department