Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UPDATE: Shorewood standoff ends peacefully
by Chris Patterson

SHOREWOOD -- At 7 p.m. Friday, some four hours into a standoff the Police Chief Dave Banasynski made a public statement asking the "people" inside one particular apartment to answer the door.

By 7:31 p.m. reports came in that the subjects had complied and the tactical situation was coming to an end.

Several law enforcement agencies were on scene near Capitol and Oakland. The bomb squad was also called. Movement was restricted for several blocks.

Shorewood's Police Chief says at 2:45 p.m. they received a call about domestic violence.

He said officers heard noise at the apartment in the 3500 block of Oakland Avenue, but nobody would answer the door.

"We don't know exactly what's going on," the Chief told CBS 58 News. "They're not making contact. We're asking them to answer the door. Let's end this in a peaceful manner."

And then it came to be.

Chief Banasynski explained the huge response this way. "We take domestic violent very seriously. We cordoned off the area to try and get into the apartment to try to figure out exactly what was going on in the apartment. They would not answer the door. We asked for assistance called a SMART response. That's suburban mutual aid response. We wanted to protect the citizens and the officers."

Employees at Harleys For Men tells us a Milwaukee County Sheriff's armored car pulled up outside the building, and multiple officers entered their building. We're told officers went to a floor above the store with a battering ram, assault rifles and shackles.

The employee told us they locked the doors and waited for the all clear.

The Chief said it was actually a phone call from a man inside the apartment that marked the beginning of the end.

"He actually called our station and said are you looking for me?" the chief explained, "Our deputy chief said what you need to do is answer the door and come out with your hands up. That's what he did. It has ended peacefully and we have taken a man and a woman from the apartment."