JOHNSON CREEK, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) A man in Johnson Creek held both police and nearby school students at bay for three-and-a-half hours before he was arrested yesterday afternoon. A standoff at the man's home forced a lockdown of the Johnson Creek schools, which didn't end until after five o'clock.
According to Police Chief Gary Bleecker, the 42-year-old man was sending threatening text messages to relatives. They said the man was intoxicated, had guns in his house, and was possibly considering the idea of getting killed by officers. The man holed himself up in his house while officers surrounded the place, evacuated nearby residents, and had Johnson Creek students stay inside. Around five, Bleecker said the man tried running to his car -- and he was arrested at that point. He's now in jail, awaiting possible charges.