Mega Foods parking lot standoff caused by suicide threat

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- A short standoff late Friday afternoon, that put Mega Foods East in Eau Claire on lockdown, turned out to be a suicide threat.

Altoona Police responded to a call at around 5:00 this evening, of a 19 year old man with a gun threatening to hurt himself in the Altoona Red Cross parking lot.

The man was spotted in a car in the parking lot by an Altoona Police officer and followed to the Mega Foods East parking lot.

Officers from Altoona Police, Eau Claire Police, Eau Claire Co. Sheriff's Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol surrounded the grocery store, blocking entrances and exits. Customers were not allowed to enter or leave the store. Those inside were asked to go to the back of the store.

Officers approached the man's vehicle in the Mega Foods parking lot, noticed a knife, and asked him to give it to them. After a short time, he threw it out the window, and got out of his car. No one was hurt.

Officers took the man into custody and searched his car for a gun, but didn't find one. They say the man did not commit any crime.

The store owner says Mega has procedures for potentially dangerous situations, and they were followed.
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UPDATE: Officers have arrested a man after a short standoff in the Mega Foods parking lot.

Our crew on scene says the Eau Claire Police Department and Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department, along with Altoona Police and the State Patrol surrounded the area with guns drawn.

The store was on lockdown for a short time, but has since re-opened.

There's no word yet on why the man was arrested, or what led to the standoff. Stay tuned to WEAU 13 News for the latest updates.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Several law enforcement officers have surrounded the Mega Foods grocery store, located on Hastings Way, in Eau Claire.

Our crew on scene says the Eau Claire Police Department and Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department, along with Altoona Police and the State Patrol are surrounding the area with guns drawn. There's no word yet on why, or what the situation is at this point.

Officers have locked the doors and are not letting people inside the store, leave. A caller from inside told us people were told to go to the back of the store and stay away from the windows.

Stay tuned to WEAU 13 News for the latest updates.


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