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UPDATE: ECPD says “armed subject” situation resolved peacefully, one person in custody

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 7:46 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2020 at 10:24 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - One man is in custody after a nearly three hour standoff in the US Bank parking lot on Hamilton Ave. on Wednesday morning.

The situation started Tuesday night, when police took a report of an individual who was in crisis and listed as missing and endangered. Wednesday morning around 5:30 a.m. authorities reposed to a report the suspect committed an armed robbery near the 200 block of Moholt Drive with a person outside of the residence.

Officers located the vehicle a short time later and attempted a traffic stop but the subject took off in the vehicle and the pursuit ended near US Bank on Hamilton Ave. An armed adult male suspect was the only one in the car.

“It’s something that we have seen before, it’s not entirely unique, it does present certain challenges as any kind of negotiation situation does,” said Officer Josh Miller from Eau Claire Police. “That’s why we focus on containment and perimeter to kind of public safety and then begin the crisis intervention process.”

Eau Claire Police negotiated with the man for almost three hours before he surrendered to police and was taken to a medical facility for evaluation.

There were no employees in the bank at the time of negotiations. Eau Claire Police, UW-Eau Claire Police and Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department were all on scene.

The investigation is ongoing but the suspect could face possible charges once he is released from the hospital.

UPDATE: The Eau Claire Police Department says the “armed subject” situation has been resolved peacefully and one person has been taken into custody. Continue to follow this developing story as more information becomes available.

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The Eau Claire Police Department has confirmed they’re currently negotiating with an ‘armed subject’ inside a vehicle near US Bank on West Hamilton Avenue.

Police are asking the public to avoid the area.

WEAU has a reporter near the scene and will continue to provide updates.

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