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One in custody following tactical situation in New Berlin

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NEW BERLIN (WITI) -- A 40-year-old man was taken into custody Friday morning, January 24th following a tactical situation in New Berlin.

According to officials, tactical officers from the Suburban Critical Incident Team responded to a home in the 3300 block of Heide Lane, in the City of New Berlin, to assist in apprehending a subject wanted on a felony probation warrant. Police say the suspect was believed to be armed.

Police say the subject entered the home on Heide Lane shortly after fleeing from police around 3 a.m. Once inside the home, police say the subject refused to exit and comply with their orders.

"They had lights everywhere and you could see the snow, you could see the guys with rifles and shields in different areas, behind trees," said neighbor Kathy McLaughlin.

It was known to officers that there were numerous weapons in the house, including rifles, shotguns and handguns and that the subject had a lengthy criminal history, including possession of weapons, endangering safety with a dangerous weapon, and drug charges.

"We were able to run his criminal history and found out the previous charges he had including weapons charges, injury, reckless endangering with the weapons and some drug charges, too," said New Berlin Police Captain Mike Glider.

The Suburban Critical Incident Team was called at 3:22 a.m. and negotiators from the team began speaking with the subject. After lengthy negotiations, he was taken into custody at 7:15 a.m.

"He never threatened us with the weapons, but just the fact that he had the weapons, some of those weapons, if they are fired from the window, could go into a neighbors' home," said Captain Glider.

No one was injured during the incident and the case is still under investigation.

Police say the suspect was turned over to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office on the warrant. Final charges have not yet been determined.


  • Grace

    Felony warrant ,tactical team? Hmm,what cost to city?anyhow a spa on the wrist to this guy because Armageddon amount weaponry is ok in new Berlin by a wanted by warrant citizen?not a threat?well I’m sure if he hunted he can’t hunt with more than two hands/ weapons at a time.lets not check his past mental history either just watch news and see what he does with his weapons…….

  • Grace

    I forgot believed to be armed part! Don’t police have a computer system that tells them if the person in their view has a weapon in their name or at the address? Oh wait sorry they don’t because of privacy laws or because they don’t have anyone to upgrade our police departments computerized safety line of defense. So the city sends police blindly to guess if a criminal or adress is dangerous. Shame on govt budgets and engineers who leave out VITAL information to authorities.

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