Superior standoff ends with woman jumping out of second floor window – Duluth News Tribune

A standoff on Thursday at Banks Ave. 1912, Superior ended with a woman jumping out of a second story window.

According to a press release from the Superior Police Department, officers responded at around 6:25 a.m. to a report of an argument with neighbors and found that the upstairs tenant of a two-family home had allegedly threatened the downstairs tenant with a hammer and later at least a knife. The suspect is said to have bitten the victim as well.

As the situation unfolded, “it became clear that a more robust response was needed to de-escalate,” police said. The suspect refused to speak to officers about the allegations, allegedly threatened to “blow up the duplex,” retreated into the duplex, and stopped communicating with officers.

The Emergency Response Team, including crisis negotiators, was deployed due to a lack of cooperation from the person who caused the disruption, the press release said. The public has been asked to stay away from the area. An armored police car was at the scene. Police officers were seen in SWAT gear with guns at the door.

Officers asked a woman named Tracy to come outside and then threw a phone inside. “Tracy, come on grab the phone and talk to us,” an officer said over speakers. According to a later press release, the police tried for four hours to negotiate a peaceful surrender.

The police entered the second floor of the duplex at around 10:30 am. There was the sound of breaking glass and tear gas was used. A person inside could be heard coughing and crying.

Superior police later clarified that a “salvo of seven non-flaming chemical irritants” was deployed at the home.

“The cartridge we used produces no heat or flame,” a police press release said. “The chemical irritant contained in the cartridge is non-flammable and does not interact with other chemicals or things commonly found in the environment in which it is used.”

At around 11:50 am, two loud bangs were heard from inside the residence and tear gas was used again. An officer warned bystanders that they could feel the “effect.” Flames erupted from a window.

At that point, the suspect was seen jumping out of a second-story window. She was then arrested and taken to a waiting Mayo Ambulance.

Two dogs were removed from the building after the fire broke out. First class firefighters stayed on site to extinguish the blaze.

Workers from Superior Water, Light and Power cut power to the building during the incident.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and members of the UW Public Safety Department were called in to take over the crime scene, and the Wisconsin Criminal Investigation Department was called to the scene to investigate the origin of the fire.

This standoff comes just a week after Duluth police responded to a domestic violence call that became a standoff with the suspect for more than 16 hours. This standoff resulted in the deaths of K-9 Luna and the suspect.

This story has been updated several times, most recently at 5:34 p.m. on March 4 with additional information from senior police. It was originally published at 9:49 am on March 4th.

Superior firefighters rescue at least two dogs after a home on Banks Ave. 1912 had caught fire during a disturbance on Thursday. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])

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Superior firefighters rescue at least two dogs after a home on Banks Ave. 1912 had caught fire during a disturbance on Thursday. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])

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Police throw a phone in a box through a window of a jammer call on Banks Ave on Thursday morning. 1912, Superior. Authorities hoped to use the phone to communicate with the woman at the home. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])

1/8th: During a standoff late Thursday morning, a fire broke out on the top floor of an apartment building on the 1900 block of Banks Avenue in Superior. (Adelle Whitefoot / [email protected])

2/8th: Senior police officers climb the back stairs as they attempt to speak to a woman during a disturbance at 1912 Banks Avenue Thursday. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])

3/8th: Superior firefighters rescue at least two dogs after a home on Banks Ave. 1912 had caught fire during a disturbance on Thursday. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])

4/8th: A supervisor shoots tear gas through a window at 1912 Banks Avenue Thursday morning. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])

5/8th: Police throw a phone in a box through a window of an apartment building on Banks Ave Thursday morning. 1912, Superior. (Jed Carlson / [email protected])

6/8th: Members of the Superior Police Department and Emergency Response Team stand at the door of a residence on the 1900 block of Banks Avenue on Thursday, March 4, 2021. An officer yells at a woman inside, asking her to come out with her hands up. (Adelle Whitefoot / [email protected])

7/8th: A woman is loaded onto a stretcher after jumping from a second floor window during an altercation with the Superior Police Department on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Adelle Whitefoot / [email protected])

8th/8th: Officers from the Superior Emergency Response Team fire tear gas into a second floor window during a standoff on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Adelle Whitefoot / [email protected])

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