Shots fired at deputies, man in custody

U.S. 141 closed during 10-hour standoff

Times Herald Staff

Oconto County authorities have a man in custody after a 10-hour standoff Sunday afternoon and evening during which he allegedly fired several shots at officers.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to a home at 5631 Benser Lane in the town of Lena at about 1:30 p.m. to check the welfare of an apparently suicidal man who was wanted for domestic-related crimes that had occurred earlier in the day.

According to a news release, the man was armed and barricaded in his home. Negotiations continued for several hours, during which time he fired several rifle rounds at the deputies, the release said.

The Brown County Emergency Response Unit and the Brown-Outagamie County Bomb Squad were called for their assistance. Benser Lane is a short, dead-end road off U.S. 141 between Lena and Coleman, so authorities shut down the highway between County M and County Road B.

The situation was resolved and the man was taken into custody at about 11:50 p.m., the department said. No details of the arrest were released Sunday night.

He was transported for medical evaluation and was charged with failure to comply with an officer’s attempt to take a person into custody, in addition to the domestic charges.

The highway was reopened to traffic around midnight.

In addition to the ERU and bomb squad, the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources, Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, Oconto Falls Ambulance, Lena and Brazeau fire departments, and the Oconto County Highway Department.