Man threatens deputies with explosives

Highway 29 shut down for several hours overnight
NEW Media Staff

A portion of state Highway 29 was shut down overnight June 20 as law enforcement negotiated with a man who threatened them with explosives and other devices, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department reported.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s department, at about 12:30 a.m., a caller reported a man with a truck and camper that appeared to be disabled on the side of the highway.

The caller also reported a man near the truck threw a folding chair at the caller’s semi as he drove past.

Deputies responded and attempted contact with the man who then ran on foot with an axe in his hand to a nearby property and climbed the ladder of a metal grain silo.

That’s when the man made comments about having explosives and other devices in his truck and camper.

Officials shut down Highway 29 from state Highway 45 to County Road J.

The Shawano County Special Response Team was paged to respond, and Marathon and Brown counties’ bomb squads responded as well.

After about two hours of talking, the man climbed down from the silo and was arrested without further incident, the sheriff’s department said.

The man was taken to a hospital, and Shawano County Human Services was then called. The man was placed in an emergency protective custody hold.

Bomb squads determined the truck and camper to be safe, and a tow truck removed them from the scene.

Highway 29 was reopened about 4:30 a.m.

“At this time, due to the emergency protective hold being placed on this individual, we will not be releasing any identifying information about the male subject or any further information about this case,” the sheriff’s department statement noted.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Tigerton Ambulance, Wittenberg Fire Department, Bowler Fire Department, Tigerton Fire Department, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, and the Shawano County Highway Department.