A 46-year-old man is in custody after Ripon police called in the Fond du Lac County SWAT team Saturday evening following a report of an allegedly intoxicated man with a firearm.
That individual now is undergoing a mental health evaluation.
(Editor's note: the Commonwealth will not name the subject unless he has been formally charged, which has not happened as of Monday morning.)
The incident began with a 911 call around 6:55 p.m. concerning the house on Abbey Court.
“We had gotten a call from a relative who was speaking [by phone] with a female inside the residence,” Ripon Police Capt. Bill Wallner said. “During the course of their conversation, the female in the residence was telling this relative, ‘He’s depressed; he’s been drinking; he’s got a gun.’ And the relative is telling her, ‘You need to leave.’”
That’s when the phone call disconnected.
“She’s unable to call her back, so that’s when she calls us,” Wallner said. “... You potentially have a subject who is suicidal in a residence, intoxicated, agitated, with a firearm or a weapon. We need to have some assistance with that.”
Police then requested help from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s SWAT team.
Read the full story, including what happened after officers arrived, in the Feb. 9, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.