Overnight standoff in Sparta resolved peacefully Saturday

Andrew Raymer has been taken into custody

An overnight standoff in Sparta ended peacefully Saturday afternoon.

The Sparta Police Department responded to a disturbance around 11:23 p.m. Friday night at 834 Goodman Court.

Authorities say when they arrived, they determined a “violent altercation” had occurred and those involved, 29-year-old Amanda L. Miller and 35-year-old Andrew J. Raymer, had retreated into the residence and refused to come out or cooperate with police.

Police said Raymer made threats toward other parties.

Authorities said Miller eventually left the residence, but would not follow police orders and became combative so she was arrested at the scene. Raymer also came out of the residence and displayed a rifle to police before retreating back into the residence.

The Sparta Police Department evacuated several neighbors due to safety concerns.

The Monroe County Tactical team deployed OC spray, but said Raymer wasn’t affected by it.

The La Crosse County Tactical team breached the residence through an exterior wall.

Authorities said residents may have heard loud shots or explosion type sounds because of the wall breach and OC spray deployment.

Around noon on Saturday, the Sparta Police Department posted on their Facebook page that Raymer had been taken into custody and the incident was resolved.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Monroe County Tactical Team, La Crosse County Tactical Team, Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Area Ambulance, American Red Cross and Monroe County 911 Communications Center all assisted the Sparta Police Department at the scene.

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