According to a press release from the Supreme Police Department, at around 6:25 a.m., officials responded to a report of a neighbors dispute and found that the tenant of an upstairs duplex had allegedly threatened the downstairs tenant with a hammer and later at least a knife. The suspect is also said to have bitten the victim.
As the situation developed, “it became clear that a more robust response was needed to de-escalate,” police said. The suspect refused to speak to officials about the allegations, allegedly threatened to “blow up the maisonette”, withdrew to the maisonette and stopped communicating with officials.
The emergency team, including the crisis negotiator, was deployed due to the lack of cooperativity of the person causing the disruption, the press release said. The public was asked to stay away from the area. A superior armored police vehicle was at the scene. Police officers were seen in SWAT gear with guns on the door.
The officers asked a woman named Tracy to come outside and then threw a phone into the house. “Tracy, come on, pick up the phone and talk to us,” one officer said over a loudspeaker. According to a later press release, the police spent four hours trying to negotiate a peaceful surrender.
The police entered the second floor of the duplex around 10:30 am. The sound of broken glass and tear gas could be heard. You could hear a person coughing and crying inside.
The higher-level police later made it clear that a “volley of seven non-burning rounds of chemical irritants” was used in the apartment.
“The lap we used does not generate any heat or flame,” said a police press release. “”The chemical irritant contained in the lap is non-flammable and does not interact with other chemicals or with things commonly found in the environment in which it is used. “
At around 11.50 a.m., two loud bangs were heard from inside the residence and tear gas was used again. An officer warned bystanders that they might feel the “effect”. Flames came from a window.
At this point, the suspect was seen jumping out of a window on the second floor. She was then arrested and taken to a Mayo ambulance waiting.
After the fire, two dogs were taken out of the building. Superior firefighters stayed on site to put out the fire.
Superior Water, Light and Power workers cut power to the building during the incident.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office and members of the UW Public Safety Division were called in to take over the crime scene, and the Wisconsin Criminal Investigation Department was called in to investigate the origin of the fire.
This stalemate occurs just a week after the Duluth Police Department responded to a domestic abuse call that turned into a stalemate with the suspect for more than 16 hours. This stalemate resulted in the deaths of K-9 Luna and the suspect.
This story has been updated several times, most recently on March 4th at 5:34 pm with additional information from the Superior Police Department. It was originally released on March 4th at 9:49 am.
Superior firefighters rescue at least two dogs after a house on Banks Ave. 1912 caught fire during a disturbance on Thursday. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])
Police tossed a phone into a box through a fault call window on Banks Ave. Thursday morning. 1912, superior. Authorities hoped to be able to communicate with the woman in the residence over the phone. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])