1 in custody after firing crossbow at police officer in Wisconsin Dells, police say

Wisconsin Dells stand off

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — One man is in custody Wednesday after he allegedly fired a crossbow at a Wisconsin Dells police officer.

Authorities said the incident happened after officers were dispatched around midnight to a residence for a report of a disturbance. When they arrived, officers said they were confronted by a man who then barricaded himself and a woman in a bedroom at the residence. The man told law enforcement he was armed with a firearm and threatened to shoot the woman.

Officers went on to set up a perimeter as a negotiator began talking with the man over the phone to develop a plan for the woman’s release and the man’s surrender.

Negotiations broke down around 5:30 a.m., which, paired with threatening statements from the man, prompted officers to enter the home. As they did, the man fired a crossbow at a tactical team member. Police used “less lethal” methods to subdue the man and take him into custody. Authorities did not say what methods they used to subdue the man.

The woman who had been held captive made it out of the residence unharmed. No officers were injured during the incident, either.

The Columbia County Emergency Response Team, Sauk County Emergency Response Team, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Delton Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, and Dells Delton EMS helped Wisconsin Dells police with the response.