Germantown — A 26-year-old Germantown man remains in protective custody following a standoff in Germantown on Saturday, June 7.
Police responded to a call from the man's ex-girlfriend at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell. The woman told police the man was suicidal, armed with a rifle and probably intoxicated.
When police responded to the scene, Hoell said the man would not come out of the residence, nor would he respond to attempts to reach him by phone. This prompted police to call in the SWAT team, which is joint between Germantown and Washington County, whose negotiator was ultimately able to talk the man down. The rifle was taken into custody as well.
Given the location of the residence off of Legend Drive and Mequon Road, this five hour standoff attracted a lot of attention from bystanders, which Hoell said presented a "major obstacle" in dealing with the situation.
"The vast majority (of the about 30 police and officials on the scene) were used to keep people from potentially walking into harm's way," Hoell said.
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