UPDATE: Names released in Onalaska standoff
ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – We’re learning more details about a standoff in downtown Onalaska Tuesday night.
According to a release, Onalaska Police were investigating an active warrant for Gary Willert at the parking lot of 313 Main Street. Police saw another man, Jarel Jenkins, arrive in a separate vehicle. Jenkins had a felony warrant for his arrest. Police made contact with a third person, David Olsen, who had two outstanding warrants. Olsen was arrested and taken to La Crosse County Jail.
Willert and Jenkins entered nearby apartments on Main Street. Police made contact through a window of the complex with Willert, who complied with police and was arrested.
According to police, they saw Jenkins briefly exit onto a balcony before he saw officers and barricaded himself inside one of the apartments with two other people.
Police created a perimeter and called the La Crosse County Emergency Response Team for backup. Jenkins had a history of firearm possession, according to police. Law enforcement executed a search warrant shortly after 7:00pm during which they tried multiple times to make contact verbally to no avail. It was not until 8:33pm when negotiators were able to get all three to come out and be taken into custody.
Law enforcement arrested Jenkins for an outstanding warrant from Monroe County. He also had an outstanding warrant from Winona County, according to police. Willert, Olsen and Jenkins were taken to La Crosse County Jail.
Jenkins is held on a $50,000 cash bond.
ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – Three people are in custody following a standoff in Onalaska that went on for hours Tuesday night.
An officer, on an unrelated call, spotted a person wanted on a felony warrant going into an apartment on Main Street and called for backup.
When officers knocked on the apartment door, nobody answered.
Police say the suspect has a history of possessing firearms.
Authorities blocked off the street and called in the Sheriff’s Department’s tactical team.
Investigators eventually learned two other people were also in the apartment, and one of those people was also wanted on a felony warrant out of Monroe County.
Police did eventually make contact with the suspects by phone, and negotiators got them to voluntarily come outside.
“We received phone contact with them, and our negotiators did an outstanding job for about 25 minutes negotiating on and off with the phone with one of the suspects and they all peacefully surrendered,” said La Crosse County Sherriff’s Office Patrol Captain Marte Peterson.
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