Police car lights, State Journal generic file photo

A Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and wounded a man Monday during an armed standoff in Marquette County.

Marquette County Sheriff Joe Konrath said in a news release that police agencies responded at 2:43 p.m. Monday to a 911 call about an ongoing domestic issue in the town of Buffalo.

A 64-year-old woman had reported her 44-year-old son, James Carlson, was threatening her with a firearm and had a gun aimed at her face.

“Any time a person threatens to take another person’s life and creates a hostage situation, we have to act,” Konrath said Tuesday.

Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner said that anytime officers are called to the scene of a domestic incident, it’s dangerous for everyone involved.

Deputies checked in with the mother Tuesday and Konrath said she’s doing fine despite the stressful incident.

Brandner said he’s thankful the mother was rescued, that no one was killed and that Carlson was in good condition after his wounds were treated.

Deputies arrived at the scene Monday and saw a suspect outside the house with a long gun. A woman locked the house, and the suspect broke in to gain re-entry.

Authorities then established a perimeter and attempted to make contact with the suspect.

Konrath said his office requested mutual aid from the Columbia County Emergency Response Tactical Team. Negotiations were not successful, and authorities entered the house in an attempt to rescue the woman.

The man pointed a long gun at the officers, and a Columbia County deputy shot him. Authorities immediately provided first aid to the man who was then transported to a hospital and treated for gunshot wounds, Konrath said.

“Our job is to help someone,” Brandner said. “You never want to see situations end like that. That’s not easy for anybody.”

Konrath said there is no danger to the public and that criminal charges could be filed in Marquette County Circuit Court by Wednesday.

Konrath said the deputy who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave. He said administrative leave is a standard process used while outside agencies investigate officer-involved shootings.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office is the investigating agency.

Brandner said he welcomes transparency and that placing the deputy on leave allows Sauk County authorities to conduct their investigation properly and the deputy a chance to recover mentally.

In some cases, an officer might remain on leave for two weeks after a critical incident, Brandner said. He added all indications so far suggests officers followed all laws and policies appropriately.

He said responding officers can feel upset or remorseful when they have to pull the trigger. The deputy is currently visiting with family and friends.

Prior to Monday, Konrath said the last officer-involved shooting in Marquette County occurred in March 2015.

Wisconsin State Patrol, Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

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