One dead after police standoff in Oneida County

One person died after a standoff with police Saturday in Oneida County, according to a Wisconsin Department of Justice news release.

Shots were fired as the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office responded to two hang-up 911 calls received at about 8:39 p.m. from a residence in the 1600 block of River Street in town of Crescent, Wis., officials said.

Responding to the home to conduct a welfare check were three Oneida County Sheriff’s deputies and two Rhinelander police officers. They determined two people were inside but were met with gunfire as they entered the residence, officials said.

According to the news release, one of the deputies returned fire. All law enforcement retreated outside the residence, backed away, and created a perimeter. The subject continued to shoot at the officers from the second level of the house and gunfire was exchanged, officials said.

A tactical team with members from Vilas, Oneida, Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln counties responded. Verbal commands were attempted without response and non-lethal tactics were deployed, officials said.

Eventually one person came out of the residence and was evaluated by emergency medical services. The tactical team entered the house and found the other occupant dead, though police have specified no cause of death.

No officers were injured.

The Wisconsin DOJ’s Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting an investigation. The involved officers from Rhinelander Police Department and deputies from Oneida County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on administrative duty, per department policy.

Officers from Rhinelander Police Department were wearing body cameras during the incident. Both the Rhinelander Police Department and Oneida County Sheriff’s Office have squad cameras.

Assisting the investigation are DCI crime response specialists, and members of DCI’s Digital Evidence Unit. A report will be forwarded to the Oneida County district attorney when the investigation concludes.


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