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UPDATE: 28-year-old man gunman in custody after hostage standoff with police
WITTENBERG - A 28-year-old Gillett man is in custody after a standoff with police in Shawano County, according to the Shawano County Sheriff's Department.

Police say they received calls and reports of a gunman inside the Village of Wittenberg McDonalds / Shell station around 2 p.m. Tuesday. According to a police report, the gunman was not demanding money.

The gunman let all of the workers at the station out of the building and kept a lone worker behind as a hostage. He released that person just after 3:00 p.m.

Shawano County Sheriff's Department and Marathon County Sheriff's Office deputies set up a perimeter and closed a portion of State Highway 45 during the incident.

A hostage negotiator persuaded the gunman to surrender just after 4:00 p.m. The man was taken into police custody.

Leaders at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District locked down at least one of the district's schools Tuesday for about 45 minutes in response to the police situation near the school.

Students were released later once the area was safe.

We will report more information as it becomes available. Read More


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