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Gunman, officers involved in Medford standoff for an hour


MEDFORD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Officers had to deal with a tense situation just east of Medford Tuesday afternoon, as a gunman initiated a standoff for about an hour.

Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels says the incident started at 12:45 p.m. with a call from a woman at a Perkins Street address reporting a man with a long gun was inside, and discharged the weapon through a window. The woman tried to persuade the man to put the gun down, but he didn’t.

42-year-old Timothy R. Phillips was identified as the gunman, and he said he would commit “suicide by cop,” indicating he preferred to die by officer fire.

Negotiators were able to reach him by telephone about an hour later, and Phillips left the house with his firearm. Daniels says officers continued to tell Phillips to drop the weapon, which he eventually did. After a brief physical confrontation, Phillips was taken into custody.

Officers are still investigating the events that led to the standoff. Phillips remains in custody pending formal charges.