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NEW INFORMATION: Suspect in standoff identified

By: Kevin Hurd and WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: Kevin Hurd and WEAU 13 News Staff Email

STANLEY, Wis. (STANLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - Officers from the Stanley, Thorp and Cadott Police Departments, and the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Second Avenue in the City of Stanley for a report of a domestic incident between a boyfriend and girlfriend. Officers were advised a gun was discharged in the residence. The female victim of the domestic incident had escaped the residence with the firearm, however, additional firearms were inside the residence. Numerous phone conversations with the subject, Joshua R. Walters, inside the residence failed to gain his cooperation in exiting the residence and surrendering peacefully.

The female victim was transported to Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley for injuries sustained during the initial domestic incident. The injuries she sustained were not from gunshots. She was treated and released the same day.

The Chippewa County Combined Response Team (CRT) and the Eau Claire County Combined SWAT Team were requested to assist in apprehending Walters. Officers apprehended Walters at approximately 7:40 PM. The officers and Walters were not injured in the incident.

At this time, Walters is being held on a cash bond in the Chippewa County Jail. Official charges are still pending. Walters is scheduled to appear for his Initial Appearance next week. An official charge decision from the Chippewa County District Attorney's Office will be forthcoming prior to the Initial Appearance and additional details will be released at that time.

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STANLEY, Wis. (WEAU) -- A standoff in Stanley has ended with a suspect in custody.

It is a sight you do not see much in Stanley, but a quiet afternoon on a quiet street turned into a potentially dangerous situation.

All of it started with a domestic dispute at a home on 2nd Avenue in Stanley. Officers evacuated nearby neighbors as a precaution and blocked off a few streets. A combined response team was also called in.

"There was an altercation between the boyfriend and girlfriend in the residence, she was able to get out but he stayed there," said Stanley Police Chief Russell Kollmansberger.

He says there were reports of shots fired inside the home as well. The department requested help from the tactical team, negotiators tried to get the suspect out by yelling through a bullhorn.

More than four hours after it all started, the tactical team made its final move.

Gas was launched through the windows and eventually the suspect gave himself up.

Kollsmanberger could not comment whether the 23-year-old suspect had a gun when he came out of the house nor whether there was any resistance.

"The suspect is in custody and not injured, and the officers are all coming away from it uninjured as well," he said.

Kollmansberger says they have gotten calls about the suspect before but was not able to confirm if it was his home. He is glad what could have escalated, ended safely.

"It's been a long time since I've remembered the SWAT team called out for this," he said. "This is kind of a rarity, something I don't enjoy having happen in town."

Chief Kollmansberger says the girlfriend who was able to get out of the home was injured. He says she was treated and released from the hospital.

He says the suspect will be taken to the Chippewa County Jail.

If you want to see how this tactical team trains for nights like this, Reporter Joe Nelson went along with the combined response team on a practice drill this month.

CLICK HERE to see the video.

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UPDATE: Reporter Kevin Hurd says that the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department has told him the suspect in the standoff in Stanley is now in custody.

Hurd will have a full report on the standoff tonight on WEAU 13 News at Ten.

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UPDATE: This information is from the Stanley Police Chief as of 6:50 p.m. Thursday

Media Release 2/21/13 - Possibly Armed Subject Barricaded in Own Residence, Surrounded by Law Enforcement

On Thursday, February 21, 2013 at approximately 2:40 PM, officers responded to a residence in the City of Stanley on Second Avenue for a report of a subject with a gun inside a residence. Initial reports were received of a domestic incident that had taken place in the residence and the female subject was able to escape. The male subject that was reported to have a gun is presently in his own residence. We are That residence is currently surrounded by law enforcement officers and there is no immediate danger to the community. Residences neighboring this house were asked to evacuate for safety. We are not sure if there are still weapons inside the residence so we are using every precaution to keep law enforcement and the community safe.

The situation is currently stable and there is no immediate danger to the community, however, it is still a very dynamic situation we are working to address quickly and safely.

We are working with several law enforcement agencies to bring this situation to a speedy and safe end. The Stanley Fire Department is helping provide traffic control. All traffic in the area is being re-routed around the scene.

Respectfully,

Russell L. Kollmansberger, Chief of Police
City of Stanley Police Department

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STANLEY, Wis (WEAU) - WEAU.com is monitoring a standoff underway in Stanley.

We just learned from deputies that a woman inside the home is outside safely, and that the tactical team was planning to talk with her. There's no word on where the suspect is, and officers can't release who may be inside the home.

Investigators are asking people to stay away from the area on 2nd Avenue which is near the fire station. A lieutenant with the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department tells WEAU.com a SWAT team is at the scene. Officers have the area blocked off right now. It started during the afternoon hours on Thursday. That's when a caller reported a shot fired inside the home. The lieutenant couldn't tell WEAU.com the circumstances surrounding the situation.

No injuries have been reported.

Stanley-Boyd School District Superintendent Jim Jones says investigators did not give him any indication of what was going on, and that he saw the scene on his way home. He says he told individual students at the school that they could not leave without a parent. School was let out at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Stay with WEAU.com and WEAU 13 News for the latest on this breaking story.


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