COLUMBUS — Authorities say a man who barricaded himself inside a home Sunday following a domestic incident is dead after a standoff with law enforcement.
According to a press release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Columbus police responded to a 911 call in which the caller had fled to a neighbor's house following an altercation. Authorities say the man they believed was involved in the situation refused to leave the residence.
“After hours of negotiation, law enforcement deployed non-lethal gas into the residence, and eventually entered the residence,” the statement said. “The male suspect was found dead inside the residence.”
It was not clear what caused the man's death. The identity of the man was not released.
The statement said the domestic violence victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital and released. No juveniles were harmed, according to the statement.
Police issued a press release just after 9 a.m. requesting residents stay in their homes and avoid the area while they responded to a “critical incident” at 505 S. Birdsey St.
Loud banging noises were reportedly heard at the house around 1 p.m. An armored law enforcement vehicle was parked near the scene in the early afternoon. Police in bulletproof vests were seen taking cover near the home after the loud noises were heard.
A second-floor window was completely busted out and the adjacent window had a large hole through it. Windows on the first floor also had multiple holes in them.
As the scene unfolded over several hours Sunday, some curious residents approached the barricades. Police presence eased by late afternoon, but much of the area still was closed to traffic and the area near the house was cordoned off with police tape.
Columbus Police Chief Dan Meister said the state Department of Criminal Investigation has been asked to assist with the investigation.
“There’s not much to say at this point,” Meister said. “We want to wait on releasing anything before DCI comes here to assist us."