Standoff that left one dead shocks quiet Columbus neighborhood
COLUMBUS, Wis. — After a standoff left one person dead, Columbus residents are waiting for answers in a neighborhood that is usually quiet.
An unmemorable start to a Sunday for Darien Busse of Columbus quickly changed course.
“I woke up in the morning, went out to the porch, and all of a sudden I hear gun shots,” he said.
Thoughts flashed through Darien Busse’s mind as told his mother, Tracy Busse, he saw police and guns surrounding a nearby house on South Birdsey street.
“I didn’t realize how close it was until I saw them in my backyard,” Tracy Busse said. “It was scary. I mean, this doesn’t happen in this town, basically, not in this neighborhood.”
“It’s a quiet neighborhood,” Julie Steinhorst said from across the street.
“Never had anything this close to home, but it happens,” Pat Watters said.
Just down South Birdsey Street, Watters heard rounds fired while watching the situation unfold.
“I would say a good 30 to 40 of them,” she said. “It’s kind of scary. It’s kind of fascinating that it’s that close to home.”
Neighbors said they didn’t know the residents at the home that was the center of the domestic incident.
“You think you’re safe when you go outside,” Tracy Busse said. “You talk to neighbors. You never suspect a neighbor so close could do something so scary.”
While they’re still waiting on details, Darien Busse has a feeling this Sunday morning will stick with him.
“You’re thinking: What happens if the guy flees? Where’s he going to go? What’s he going to do? (That) kind of thing,” he said. “It’s very scary — a feeling that won’t go away for a while, I guess.”
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