EAU CLAIRE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The search for a missing veteran ends peacefully after a tense situation involving a chase leading deputies through Dunn and Eau Claire counties.
The job of a law enforcement officer isn't easy but officials with the Eau Claire Police and Sheriff's departments say they focus on proper training to achieve the best possible outcome as demonstrated last night.
"The Dunn County deputies had had a chase through their jurisdiction and came into Eau Claire County."
Sheriff Ron Cramer says that’s when Eau Claire County deputies took over the pursuit.
"There was a mention of a weapon in the car and the person being suicidal so you never know how those things will turn out," said Sheriff Cramer.
The man eventually lead the pursuit back into Dunn County. "An officer was able to deploy road spikes and one of our sergeants was able to pull up to the driver’s side of the vehicle," said Cramer.
Law enforcement negotiations then began. “Our department places a large priority on crisis intervention training but we also have a crisis negotiations team and that’s additional training and beyond a smaller group of individuals who are equipped and trained to handle more in department cases," said Officer Bridget Coit with the Eau Claire Police Department.
Officers believed the man had a handgun and knife in the vehicle. Officials say this was all thanks to team work and dedication to keeping our communities safe.
"We place a great priority in working together and working together very well... and having that relationship with our law enforcement in the area is extremely important for not only our benefit but the benefit of the community," said
Officer Coit and sheriff Cramer say those negotiations were crucial to reaching a calm resolution. The man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.