DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – A long standoff at the De Pere Walmart ended with police taking one man into custody.
At around 9:30 a.m. Monday, police arrived at that Walmart for a welfare check on a man inside who was acting erratically. Police say he appeared intoxicated, was falling into shelves, and was saying things that didn’t make sense. They also say the man’s mannerisms were threatening.
Police say when they tried to talk with him he ran away from them and that he had two large knives.
“Upon officer arrival, he barricaded himself in the bathroom in the back of Walmart, in the electronics area,” said De Pere police sergeant Chad Watterud.
Watterud said they had to call the De Pere fire department to the scene because the man threatened to start a fire although he never went through with the threats.
After a long standoff in the bathroom, the Brown County Swat team was able to take the man into custody. Police officers tell Local Five News that authorities did take him to a local hospital.
Walmart employees were allowed back into the store around 3 p.m. Monday. The store opened to customers about an hour and a half later.
The De Pere Police Department posted an update on the situation at the De Pere Walmart. At 2 p.m., officials say the situation is contained, but not resolved.
There is reportedly no ongoing danger to the public. Store employees are safe and have been evacuated.
This update comes about two hours after the initial release was provided. No additional information was provided.
Local 5 will update this story if more details are released.
ORIGINAL: De Pere Walmart closed as police deal with ‘active incident’
MONDAY 3/20 11:47 a.m.
DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) – The De Pere Walmart is reportedly closed as an ‘active incident’ is ongoing.
According to the De Pere Police Department, there is an active incident at the De Pere Walmart. Police are at the Walmart on Lawrence Drive in De Pere.
Authorities say that the store is currently closed to the public. Local 5 has a crew on the scene. There was no immediate information on the nature of the incident, only that it is ongoing.
The Walmart is located at 1415 Lawrence Drive.
No additional information was provided. Local 5 will update this story as more information is released.