UPDATED: Man killed by law enforcement after armed standoff
Local law enforcement was involved in an armed standoff in the town of Pine River Tuesday morning with a man who had earlier shot at an officer in Antigo. The incident ended in the death of the suspect, according to a statement from Lt. Tim Fischer of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a statement from Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller, at 6:19 a.m., an officer of Antigo Police Department initiated a traffic stop in the city of Antigo. During the course of the routine stop, the driver fired shots at the officer and left the scene.
A high speed chase ensued on State Rd. 64 west into Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the high speed pursuit.
The suspect vehicle was eventually stopped on Hillview Road in the Township of Pine River with the use of a tire deflation device.
Special Response Teams from the agencies involved were called to the scene to help prevent or decrease any imminent danger in the area, Roller noted.
The suspect remained armed during an hour stand off and was eventually shot and killed by law enforcement, Fischer stated.
“At this time, the area is secure and DCI will be conducting an investigation,” Roller stated. “There is no threat to the area or the surrounding communities.”