Suspect in custody, nobody hurt after FDL standoff - WBAY

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Suspect in custody, nobody hurt after FDL standoff

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A man is in custody and nobody was hurt following a house fire incident that turned into a standoff with shots fired at police Monday around mid day in Fond du Lac.

Following the arrest, police kept the area around the standoff closed through the afternoon and into the evening to sweep for bombs after the suspect made references to explosives.  The area was officially considered clear around 8:30 PM. No bombs were found.

The shots were fired at police while they were investigating a fire they called suspicious at 65 N. Hickory Street in Fond du Lac.  When fire crews and police arrived at the scene, the vacant home was engulfed in flames.  The Fond du Lac Fire Chief said it was suspicious in nature because the home was vacant and the utilities had been shut off. 

Police responded to the area of 871 S. Main Street to confront the person of interest in the fire at his residence.  Before they could speak with him, police say her fired several shots at them but nobody was injured.

Following the shots being fired, the Fond du Lac Police Department issued a "shelter in place" alert for residents within a three block area of Main and Pioneer Streets.  The alert asked people to stay in their homes.  The area remains blocked off.

 

Fond du Lac police negotiators were able to make contact with the man by telephone.  They convinced him to surrender without additional shots being fired around 2 PM.

"Our SWAT negotiators did make contact with him during this incident and were able to talk to him periodically throughout and eventually just convinced him to come out and surrender to the perimeter units," said Assistant Police Chief Steve Thiry.

Police and bomb squads remain on scene late Monday afternoon to sweep the area for bombs because police say the suspect made references to explosives in the area.

Action 2 News has a crew in Fond du Lac and we will bring you updates as they become available.

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