MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Wisconsin officials say a standoff ended after a man who threatened to shoot police entered a ceiling, fell and was arrested.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said the standoff began just after 4 p.m. on Sunday with a 911 call for someone “acting in a strange and paranoid manner” in Chetek.
At a house on the 1200 block of West Banks Street, officers found a 35-year-old man who “told law enforcement he had a gun and would shoot them and he also had an explosive device in the house, ”according to the sheriff’s department.
After 30 minutes of negotiation, authorities said the man came out of the house with a device he said was an explosive, and said he would activate it. At that time, houses in the area were evacuated and several security forces surrounded the house.
Several hours of negotiations later and after gas was used to try to force the man out, authorities entered the residence and found him crawling into the ceiling. They continued to negotiate with him until he fell through the ceiling.
He was taken into custody around 10 p.m.
Police searched the house and found neither an explosive device nor a weapon.
The man is expected to be charged later this week. The WCCO generally does not name arrested parties until they are charged.