No injuries in standoff

No one was injured in a standoff Sunday, Jan. 19, in Bridgeport Township, according to Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick.

At about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Crawford County law enforcement responded to a domestic dispute on Cyprus Lane in Bridgeport, where a 36-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife had been arguing at their rural Bridgeport home. During the argument and prior to officers arriving, the man barricaded himself inside his bedroom with numerous weapons. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they took the woman and their four children out of the home to safety.

The Crawford County Crisis Resolution Team (CRT) was activated, including members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol. Officers surrounded the home.

Sheriff Dale McCullick, Prairie du Chien Police Chief Chad Abram and two CRT Team leaders discussed their options. According to McCullick, “We decided, based on the fact that the general public was in no way threatened, and the man was confined to his bedroom, we were going to secure the residence and wait it out. We had constant voice contact with the subject and we were continually attempting to talk him out of the room. We made it as uncomfortable inside the home as we could, and eventually, he came out.”

At 3:15 a.m., almost 12 hours after the initial call, the man placed his gun outside the bedroom and walked out of the home into custody. “The outcome was exactly what we wanted,” McCullick said. “The man was extremely delusional and, sometimes, those situations don’t end this well. All of the officers involved in this did a great job.”

Tri-State Ambulance was on standby throughout the incident with an ambulance waiting less than a mile from the scene.

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