“Disgruntled employee” arrested after standoff at Green Bay trucking company
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay police used a flash-bang and pepper balls to end a standoff outside a trucking company in Green Bay.
The scene is located at JW Enterprises on Packerland Drive. Police described the man as a Brown County resident in his 50s who was a “disgruntled employee” of the company.
They said he called the police at about 6:40 Tuesday morning and made threatening comments. The threats included damage to the business and “to shoot.”
Police tell Action 2 News employees were safely evacuated from the building and worked with nearby businesses to ensure everyone was safe. Police asked people to avoid the area of Packerland and Indian Hill Drive, about two blocks north of the main Post Office.
Officers said it was never an active shooter or hostage situation. “Based on information we received it sounded like potential danger to the community at large, but working with family and some of his close group including the owner of the business we learned there were no weapons involved; he did not have access to weapons,” Police Captain Ben Allen said.
Police said the scene was contained in the parking lot where the man sat alone in his car. He was open to negotiators from the Green Bay Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
“We had concern for his mental health and his mental wellness so we didn’t want to rush anything,” Allen explained.
Eventually, law enforcement used a flash-bang to grab the man’s attention then deployed pepper balls -- a chemical irritant -- into his vehicle.
“No one else was injured in this process and we are certainly happy with the end result of this situation,” Allen said.
Green Bay police said before noon they were in the process of reopening the streets.
During the standoff, Packerland Veterinary Center nearby said all appointments were postponed until further notice. It asked customers to call ahead.
“I arrived around about 7:40 and I wasn’t able to get down to the clinic. They diverted me right over the post office parking lot and said their was a situation where a man was barricaded,” Packerland Veterinary Center employee Devin Hundt said.
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