NEW INFORMATION: Man charged after standoff situation in Stanley

By: Courtney Everett, Jenny You Email
By: Courtney Everett, Jenny You Email
A Stanley man that forced a stand-off with police in July is now officially charged in the case.

Courtesy: Chippewa County Jail

Stanley, WI (WEAU) - A Stanley man that forced a stand-off with police in July is now officially charged in the case. 41-year old James E. Colburn was arrested in late July after police responded to a fight on Lincoln Street in Stanley

Officers were told a .22 caliber firearm was fired. Police tried reaching Colburn inside his home, but when that didn't work, swat teams were called in. He's charged with one count of recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.
A Stanley man is behind bars after a stand-off with sheriff's deputies early this morning.

It happened just before 7:00 a.m. on the 200 Block of Lincoln St. in Stanley.

Officers were called to a "neighbor dispute" -- and reports that a firearm had been shot.

Once on scene police identified the suspect as 41-year-old James E. Colburn.

They tried reaching him inside his house but weren't successful. Police say his wife and kids were also inside.

That's when area SWAT teams were called in to help. Colburn eventually surrendered and was arrested.

He faces possible charges of recklessly endangering the safety of others.

No injuries were reported.


On Saturday, July 26, 2014, around 6:43 AM, Officers from the Stanley Police Department and Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a neighbor dispute at 228 Lincoln Street in the City of Stanley. Officers were advised a .22 caliber firearm had been discharged. Upon arrival of officers, the subject was observed walking back into his residence prior to officers being able to attempt contact with him. The subject was identified as James E. Colburn, 41 years-old. Officers believed Colburn’s wife and their children were inside the residence as well, which was later confirmed.

Officers surrounded the residence and notified nearby residents of the developing situation. All attempts to safely communicate with Colburn, believed to be armed, were unsuccessful. The Chippewa County Combined Response Team and Eau Claire County SWAT teams were activated to help resolve the situation safely. Colburn eventually surrendered from the residence and was safely taken into custody. Other occupants of the residence were safely removed from the scene and have cooperated with the investigation. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Colburn remains at the Chippewa County Jail on a charge of Recklessly Endangering Safety of Others. The matter remains under investigation. No further details are being released presently.

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