FRIDAY 1/3/20 1:23 a.m.
WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — Wausau Police have released more information regarding a standoff that sent two women to the hospital and put a man behind bars on Thursday.
Police say they were dispatched to a disturbance with shots fired in the area of S 24th Avenue and Helmke Street.
Upon arrival, officers say they found a vehicle in a snowbank and found two adult females, ages 20 and 24, in the vehicle. Officers also made contact with a third occupant, 25-year-old Jairime Merwin, who was on Helmke Street between S 22th Avenue and S 24th Avenue.
Merwin was armed with a 9mm handgun. After 12 minutes, police say Merwin was taken into custody without incident.
During the investigation, police say they discovered that Merwin was associated with the two women. An argument had occurred in the vehicle and the firearm was displayed.
Merwin, who was in the front seat, fired at least two rounds into the floorboard of the vehicle. A physical altercation also reportedly took place.
After the vehicle crashed into a snowbank on S 24th Avenue and Helmke St., Merwin exited the vehicle and discharged multiple rounds into the ground.
No one was struck by any of the rounds fired during the disturbance. The two women sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the physical assault.
Wausau Police say they will be recommending charges of First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Intoxicated Use of a Firearm, Endangering Safety by Use of Dangerous Weapon, False Imprisonment, Battery, and Disorderly Conduct.
An initial appearance for Merwin has not yet been scheduled.
Man taken into custody, two in hospital following standoff with Wausau Police
THURSDAY 1/2/20 8:36 p.m.
WAUSAU, Wis. (WFRV) — One man is in custody and two people are in the hospital following a standoff with the Wausau Police Department Thursday Evening.
The incident happend around 7:00 PM on S. 24th Avenue near Helmke Street.
Callers indicated they heard shots fired near the area.
Upon arrival, officers found two people with undetermined medical issues (not gunshot wounds) and a man displaying a firearm.
There was standoff between the officers and the man until he decided to put down the firearm, at which point he was arrested.
Officers did locate spent ammunition casings at the scene.
The two individuals with undetermine medical issues were transported to a local hospital for treatment.