THURSDAY 5/19/2022 2:57 p.m.
APPLETON, Wis., (WFRV) – A man is in custody after standing on the roof of an Appleton parish with a gun on Thursday morning.
According to the Appleton Police Department, just after 10 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 South Matthias Street for reports that a man was pointing a gun at another individual and then pointing the gun at himself.
As the situation escalated, the suspect, made his way to the roof of Saint Bernadette Parish where he fired two rounds of bullets into the air.
No one was reported injured by his actions.
Once officers arrived at the scene, they entered the surrounding occupied buildings and remained with the occupants for the duration of the incident.
Police add that neighbors in the area were also given a shelter in place notice and Johnston Elementary and Appleton East High School were placed in a yellow lockdown keeping students safe inside the building.
Special Weapons and Tactics personnel from the Fox Valley assisted at the scene by securing a perimeter.
During this time, negotiators from the Appleton Police Department reportedly maintained dialogue with the suspect until he ultimately safely surrendered.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Outagamie County Jail where Officers and jail staff are working in conjunction with mental health services to provide additional resources to him.
Authorities report that the investigation remains ongoing at this time.
UPDATE: Armed Appleton suspect in police custody, incident lasted 2+ hours
THURSDAY 5/19/2022 12:52 p.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The suspect involved in a stand-off with police at Saint Bernadette Parish has reportedly been taken into police custody.
Local 5’s Barrett Tryon says the suspect is in police custody. The situation reportedly lasted just over two hours.
Shortly after the suspect was taken into custody, Appleton Police Department confirmed that the situation has been ‘safely’ resolved.
There is no information on if there are any injuries. Local 5 will continue to update this story as more details are provided.
LATEST: Suspect on top of St. Bernadette Parish with gun, talking with negotiators
THURSDAY 5/19/2022 11:25 a.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – Appleton Police are encouraging local residents to stay inside as authorities talk with an armed subject on top of Saint Bernadette Parish.
Appleton Police Assistant Police Chief Polly Olson talked with Local 5 and described the incident. Olson said officers got a call about a suspect who pointed a gun at someone at the Thompson Community Center/Saint Bernadette Parish building.
The suspect then reportedly went to the roof of the building. Olson mentioned that the suspect did fire rounds into the air.
Negotiators are talking with the suspect. Authorities say there are no hostages or injuries at this time. Olson tells Local 5 that the suspect is on top of Saint Bernadette Parish.
The suspect is reportedly known to officers, and local residents are asked to stay inside.
Appleton East High School posted on Facebook about a precautionary lockdown. The school was advised around 10:30 a.m. to go into the lockdown, and 20 minutes later officials were told the lockdown could be lifted.
School officials said police advised to go into another precautionary lockdown around 11:40 a.m. All students and staff can move freely within the building.
Local 5 will continue to update this story.
NOW: Active situation near St. Bernadette Parish in Appleton
THURSDAY 5/19/2022 10:42 a.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – Residents are asked to avoid the area near the 1200 block of South Matthias Street in Appleton as police deal with an active situation.
According to the Appleton Police Department, officers are dealing with an ‘active incident’. The Richardson School and Saint Bernadette Parish are near the location provided by Appleton Police.
Local 5 has a crew headed to that location. Appleton Police and Fire Department are on the scene along with the Little Chute Police Department. A SWAT truck is at the scene as well.
There was no further information provided, Local 5 will update this story as more details are released.