Police: Standoff at Wisconsin Motorcycle Shop Leaves 1 Dead

December 6, 2015 Updated: December 6, 2015
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NEENAH, Wis.  — A standoff at a motorcycle shop in Wisconsin ended Saturday with one person dead, a police officer injured and one person in custody, authorities said.

Police said shots were reported at Eagle Nation Cycles on Neenah’s Main Street shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday, along with a report that hostages had been taken. Police responded and nearby homes and businesses in Neenah, about 85 miles northwest of Milwaukee, were evacuated.

Officers from various municipalities are positioned near the site of a shooting at a motorcycle shop in Neenah, Wis., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Ron Page/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
Officers from various municipalities are positioned near the site of a shooting at a motorcycle shop in Neenah, Wis., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Ron Page/The Post-Crescent via AP) 

Officers from various municipalities are positioned near the site of a shooting at a motorcycle shop in Neenah, Wis., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Ron Page/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
Officers from various municipalities are positioned near the site of a shooting at a motorcycle shop in Neenah, Wis., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Ron Page/The Post-Crescent via AP) 

Chief Kevin Wilkinson said at a briefing Saturday evening that during the hourslong standoff, a male came out of the building holding a weapon and did not comply with police instructions to drop it. He said the person was shot at by officers, but also may have been shot at from inside the building. That person was taken to a hospital and later died, police said.

 “We’re saddened by the loss of life in our community,” Wilkinson said.

Authorities are not releasing his name or the name of the officer who was hurt. Wilkinson said the officer was shot at but his helmet deflected the bullet. The injured officer was treated and released from Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, hospital spokeswoman Megan Mulholland said.

A police officer stands at the entrance of the Knights Inn after reports of a shooting in Bensalem Township near Trevose, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Police seeking someone on a parole violation stumbled upon another man and a woman who were wanted in a double homicide in North Carolina, and that man is dead after a standoff at the motel, authorities said Saturday. (Rick Kintzel/The Intelligencer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
A police officer stands at the entrance of the Knights Inn after reports of a shooting in Bensalem Township near Trevose, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Police seeking someone on a parole violation stumbled upon another man and a woman who were wanted in a double homicide in North Carolina, and that man is dead after a standoff at the motel, authorities said Saturday. (Rick Kintzel/The Intelligencer via AP)

 

Wilkinson said negotiations continued over several hours, and a person was taken into custody around 1 p.m. Police are not releasing a name. Wilkinson said authorities were still uncertain what spurred the initial confrontation, or exactly how many hostages had been inside. He estimated between three and 10.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation will handle the investigation of the shooting.

Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert estimated 30 shots were fired at the motorcycle shop, Post-Crescent Media reported.

Police prepare to deploy a robot to inspect a room at the Knight Inn after reports of a shooting in Bensalem Township near Trevose, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Police seeking someone on a parole violation stumbled upon another man and a woman who were wanted in a double homicide in North Carolina, and that man is dead after a standoff at the motel, authorities said Saturday. (Rick Kintzel/The Intelligencer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Police prepare to deploy a robot to inspect a room at the Knight Inn after reports of a shooting in Bensalem Township near Trevose, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Police seeking someone on a parole violation stumbled upon another man and a woman who were wanted in a double homicide in North Carolina, and that man is dead after a standoff at the motel, authorities said Saturday. (Rick Kintzel/The Intelligencer via AP)

“It’s every community’s nightmare,” Kaufert said.

Martin Siebenaler, an acting public information officer with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in St. Paul, Minnesota, said local police are taking the lead on the investigation but federal agents will assist with tracing the firearm.