11-hour standoff in western Wisconsin ends with man dying of self-inflicted gunshot wound
A man wanted for active warrants was involved in an 11-hour standoff with law enforcement in western Wisconsin on Thursday before he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office stated that on Thursday, the sheriff’s office assisted the Rice Lake Police Department in searching for a person with active warrants.
At about 7:23 p.m., police located the man at a motel in the Village of Balsam Lake. The suspect armed himself with a handgun and barricaded himself in one of the motel rooms.
After an over 11-hour standoff with authorities, the suspect stopped communicating. Officers entered the motel and found the suspect hiding in the attic space. However, efforts to take the suspect into custody peacefully were unsuccessful, as the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Life-saving measures were attempted but ultimately unsuccessful.
The incident remains under investigation by the St. Croix Sheriff’s Office.