NEW INFORMATION: Suspect in police search turned himself in

Matthew Lee Fosnot
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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - According to an alert from Wood County Dispatch a man believed to be a threat to himself and others has turned himself in to authorities.

Wood Co. dispatch received a call just after 9 p.m. Wednesday from a girl reporting an attempted assault on her mother by a male acquaintance at a home on 18th Ave. S near Grand Ave. in Wis. Rapids.

The suspect was identified as Matthew Lee Fosnot, 31, of Wis. Rapids.

When police arrived, they were told Fosnot had a gun and would "die in a gun battle."

Wis. Rapids Police, Wood Co. Sheriff and the Wis. Rapids Fire Tactical EMS Unit blocked off the surrounding streets while they tried to make contact with Fosnot. Police Chief Kurt Heuer says they had reason to believe the suspect was "anti-law enforcement."

"Wis. Rapids Special Response Team shortly after midnight did enter a residence on 18th Ave., cleared and secured that residence but did not locate Fosnot," Chief Heuer said. "It is now believed that he was able to leave prior to our arrival."

The mother and her daughter were not injured in the incident and were already outside the home when police arrived.

Neighbors were told to stay in their basements during the three-hour period when police thought there could be a standoff situation.

Fosnot was voluntarily taken into custody Thursday afternoon in Tomah.


Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) - Police in Wood County are looking for a possibly armed and dangerous man.

Officers say they are looking for 31 year old Matthew Lee Fosnot of Wisconsin Rapids.

They say he most likely left his house shortly after 9 P.M. Wednesday night after police got a call of an attempted assault.

Officers say Fosnot may be armed and a threat to himself and others including police.

Officers say he has connections to Columbia County and may be driving in an older grey Toyota pickup with a license plate of AF4896

If you have any information you are asked to contact police.