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Police identify man accused of firing at officers during standoff

Tou Vang
Tou Vang(Brown County Jail)
Published: Dec. 27, 2020 at 11:48 AM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay Police have identified a suspect accused of firing at officers during a standoff as Tou Vang.

Vang, 29, is being held on multiple charges related to the standoff that closed down a busy street on the city’s west side Sunday.

Events unfolded at 11 a.m. when officers received information that Vang, wanted on several felony warrants, was driving on the east side. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but Vang led them on a chase.

In the 600 block of W. Walnut St, police used a PIT maneuver to stop Vang. Armed with a handgun, Vang fired at the officers. Police returned fire.

No one was hurt.

An hours-long armed standoff ensued. SWAT was called to the scene. Negotiators convinced Vang to surrender. He was taken to the Brown County Jail on multiple felony warrants, parole violations and new charges related to the shooting and standoff.

“As is policy and practice when an officer discharges their firearm at another person, they have been placed on administrative duty,” reads a statement from Commander Paul Ebel.

Green Bay Police block part of Walnut St. for an armed standoff. Dec. 27,2020.
Green Bay Police block part of Walnut St. for an armed standoff. Dec. 27,2020.(wbay)

Police did not identify the officers who have been placed on administrative duty.

A stretch of W. Walnut St was closed for several hours. Police shut down the Walnut Street Bridge to prevent cars from traveling to the area.

Court records show Vang had several felony warrants out for his arrest, which stemmed from incidents that happened in October and November.

During the October incident, Vang was accused of battery and assault after allegedly hitting a pregnant woman in the face with an object, and assaulting another man.

According to that complaint, Vang and the woman knew each other.

During the November incident, Vang is also accused of battery and assault after hitting a man in the head with the butt of a gun.

Vang is also accused of trespassing and bail jumping.

On Monday, a court commissioner set Vang’s bond at $10,000 in those cases.

Action 2 News will continue to update this first alert story.

PREVIOUS UPDATE

Green Bay Police say a man who fired at police during an armed standoff Sunday was wanted by authorities.

Green Bay Police say police spotted the man and there was a brief chase before the vehicle was stopped in the area of W. Walnut Street and Ashland Avenue. An officer attempted to make contact with the man in his vehicle. Police say the suspect pulled a gun and fired at police. Officers fired back.

No one was hurt.

An hour-long standoff ensued. Police brought in crisis negotiators and the SWAT team. Police say the crisis negotiators were able to develop a rapport and an ongoing dialogue with the suspect. Eventually, the man surrendered to authorities. He was taken into custody. The suspect’s name was not released.

Police say they don’t know how many shots were fired, but say the three officers involved in the standoff will be on administrative assignments. Green Bay Police officials say that is protocol, and the three officers weren’t injured.

A gun was recovered at the scene. Police believe it belongs to the suspect. Officers were expected to spend Sunday evening processing the scene.

During the standoff, police went door to door and told people to shelter in place.

More information is expected Monday. Action 2 News will keep you updated.

ORIGINAL POST: Green Bay Police are asking people to avoid the area of W. Walnut St and Ashland Ave due to a standoff with an armed man who fired at officers.

Police say they are in a standoff with an armed person in a vehicle along Ashland, between Walnut and Howard.

At about 11 a.m., officers located a vehicle driven with a person known to police. The person fired shots at officers, according to police. No one was hurt.

There was a brief chase and officers used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. They’ve been in a standoff since. They are working to de-escalate the situation.

Action 2 News reporter Joshua Peguero says SWAT, police and deputies are at the scene. Joshua reports hearing police asking a person to put their gun down and put their hands in the air. They’ve been addressing the person as a “mister.”

Green Bay Police block part of Walnut St. for an armed standoff. Dec. 27,2020.
Green Bay Police block part of Walnut St. for an armed standoff. Dec. 27,2020.(wbay)

Police have put the Walnut St. Bridge in the up position to keep people from traveling to the area.

Police close the Walnut St. Bridge in Green Bay during an armed standoff. Dec. 27, 2020.
Police close the Walnut St. Bridge in Green Bay during an armed standoff. Dec. 27, 2020.(wbay)

Green Bay firefighters are helping with blocking off traffic.

Police are not allowing foot traffic in this area.

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