ANTIGO (WAOW) – A 42-year-old Antigo man, armed with two rifles, led police on a high-speed chase after an argument with his wife and a threat to shoot law enforcement officers, authorities said.
Following a three-hour standoff just east of Antigo early Wednesday after some tires on his vehicle were flattened by police devices, Perry Henke surrendered and was arrested, Langlade County Sheriff Bill Greening said.
Two rifles, one a .22-caliber, were recovered, he said.
“He did fire a shot at the residence, apparently over the top of the house,” Greening said.
According to online Langlade County court records, Henke was charged Wednesday with two felonies - first-degree recklessly endangering safety and eluding a police officer in a vehicle - and one misdemeanor - obstructing an officer.
No one was hurt in the incident, which began about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday when Henke's wife called 911 to report her husband left home with a case of beer and several guns in his vehicle, the sheriff said.
“He either texted or called her and made threats to shoot law enforcement officers and told her to tell them to 'come and get me,'” Greening said.
Investigators reported that Henke tried to elude officers and drove from 85 mph to 100 mph in the chase, Greening said.
After Henke was stopped, he refused to answer his cell phone and negotiators talked to him with a public address system on a squad car, Greening said. About 2:30 a.m., he put down the guns and surrendered.
It was unclear why Henke threatened to shoot police in an incident that drew at least 20 officers to the scene, the sheriff said.
He was upset following “an argument that resulted in a domestic dispute with his wife,” Greening said.