The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call at approximately 11:50 p.m. Thursday from a residence on County Road P in the town of Sarona from a victim of domestic abuse.
The victim waited at the neighbor’s for deputies to arrive.
Deputies arrived on scene and were told by the victim the suspect was intoxicated, pointed a firearm at her, and said he would kill her and the neighbors. The victim girlfriend told deputies she was afraid the suspect would kill her, himself or officers responding to the scene.
The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team was activated and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was called for assistance in the use of their “Bear Cat,” an armored vehicle.
The Special Response Team attempted to contact the suspect by phone and with a loud speaker but did not receive an answer from the suspect. Gas was introduced into the home and the suspect exited the home shortly after and was arrested. Evidence at the scene revealed that the suspect fired several gunshots while inside the home. No shots were fired at officers on scene. The home was cleared and secured at approximately 5 a.m.
The suspect was arrested and booked into the Washburn County Jail on charges of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, domestic abuse battery and a probation violation. Further charges may be pending through the District Attorney’s Office after review.
“Once again, the Washburn County Special Response Team provided exceptional service to this county through dedication and training in preserving life and health not only for themselves but those affected or involved in this incident and the suspect,” said Washburn County Sheriff Terry Dryden. “This was an extremely volatile and dangerous situation; if not for the professionalism and dedication by all the Officers and employees of the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office, this type of incident could very well result in death or great bodily harm to any and all involved.”
Dryden also expressed his gratitude to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for providing assistance by allowing the use of the Bear Cat.