UPDATE: Everyone safe after police standoff with armed Kronenwetter man
KRONENWETTER (WAOW) -- A man threatens to bring a gun to the Wausau Veteran Administration clinic, so police rush to his home. When they get there, he barricades himself from the officers outside.
Police said they did everything they could to make sure everyone in the area stayed safe.
"I was coming from my distributors house, I sell Miche bags, and I came home because my roofing guys were here to give an estimate on my roof and I couldn't get through," said Sue Leder, who lives on the street where the standoff happened. "The cops had the road and everything blocked off."
Leder couldn't get back to her home, or her mother who was waiting inside, after police blocked off her street.
"We've never had anything like this in our neighborhood before," said Leder.
Leder's house was just two down from the one police barricaded. Police said they did this after a man called the Tomah Veterans Administration and threatened to bring a gun to the Wausau VA clinic.
"Not knowing whether he was armed, they treated it as if he was armed and at that point set up a perimeter around the trailer and blocked off the streets around the area," said Kronenwetter Police Lieutenant Terry McHugh.
Police cautioned neighbors to stay in their basements and told school leaders to go into lockdown mode while the Marathon County Crisis Negotiation team tried to reason with him.
The SWAT team, as well as police departments from across the area, responded to the scene, including Oneida County's armored truck.
"The bearcat was there so it was a tool so that if negotiations begin failing then you've got that as an option," said McHugh.
McHugh said the man never made it to the VA since officers came to his house before he was able to leave. After some negotiations, the man surrendered peacefully. Neighbors said having officers there helped them feel safe.
"He was very nice on clueing me in and updating me as things were going on as far as how long of a wait roughly," said Leder.
When they found the man, McHugh said he had a rifle with him, but no one was injured. The man has been taken to North Central Health Care for an evaluation. No charges have been filed.