EAU GALLE TOWNSHIP, Wis. (WEAU) -- It has been a weekend of standoffs with law enforcement.
The first was on Friday in Eau Claire County, with a man being arrested after a hostage situation.
The latest happened Saturday night in St. Croix County and ended with a local man being killed by deputies' gunfire.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department has identified that man as 51-year-old Patrick McDonnell of Eau Galle Township.
Around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, 911 got a call from a woman saying her husband, Patrick McDonnell, was drunk, suicidal, and holding a gun.
“At that point he told the female and two children that they needed to get out and reportedly fired one shot into the air as they left,” said Sheriff John Shilts.
Sheriff Shilts said they escaped unhurt.
Deputies then swarmed the house on Boston Road and tried to contact the 51-year-old to no avail.
After 9pm, the sheriff said McDonnell went out to the end of his driveway and fired two shots at deputies.
“At least one of those shots hit a marked car that was at the end of the driveway. Three deputies did return fire, fatally injuring the individual,” Shilts said.
Shilts said McDonnell was carrying one rifle and two pistols when he was killed and had other guns inside.
While the deputies weren't hurt, they have been put on leave.
The sheriff said that's routine for an investigation to make sure the shooting was justified and whether policies and laws were followed.
Doris Ronnander lives across the road from the McDonnells.
When her daughter and grandkids were over Saturday night, they got a call from 911, telling them to take cover.
Ronnander said the McDonnells seemed like a nice, normal family, but the husband and wife were going through a divorce.
“You never know what's going on with your neighbors, and it’s not until something like this happens that you are glad that you're okay and they're okay,” said Tara Huebel, Ronnander’s daughter.
Ronnander said the small rural community is ready to support the grieving family.
“It's going to take a long time and all you can do is be there and offer any support and helping hand,” Ronnander said.
Sheriff Shilts said more and more, law enforcement in the county has to deal with armed aggression.
“We're a growing community here so sometimes so with the population comes some of the negative things, it's just a natural progression,” Shilts said.
Shilts said the investigation into the incident continues.
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE ST. CROIX CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
On Saturday September 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm deputies were dispatched to 2648 Boston Road, Eau Galle Township, St. Croix County Wisconsin for a report of an armed and possibly suicidal man with a gun.
Law enforcement personnel arrived on scene and secured the area. At 9:09 pm the subject, who was armed with three firearms, exited the residence and confronted officers who were at the end of his driveway.
The subject fired at least two shots at the officers.
Three deputies returned fire, fatally injuring the subject.
SPRING VALLEY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The St. Croix Co. Sheriff's Department says a standoff has come to an end Saturday night.
Deputies say they are not releasing any information on the suspect or any injuries yet.
It happened near Spring Valley around 7:30 Saturday night. Deputies were still on scene around 10:00 p.m.
This is the second standoff in a row in the area. One happened in Fairchild Friday night.