WAUTOMA -A man is dead after leading deputies in Waushara County on a chase and exchanging gunfire with them during a standoff.
Officials believe the man involved in the standoff was also involved in an armed robbery Wednesday at a Waushara County Pharmacy.
Police surrounded a home near the intersection of West Division and South Water Streets in Wautoma for nearly nine hours.
After midnight, authorities said the standoff was over, and the suspect was dead.
People in nearby homes were evacuated during the standoff, but they were allowed back home.
Armed officers and police vehicles blocked multiple streets in Wautoma for several hours on Wednesday.
It all started around 3:30 P.M. after an armed robbery at a pharmacy.
Police say when they intercepted the suspect's vehicle, gunshots were fired and there was a chase.
That chase continued into Wautoma.
"Numerous of our vehicles were struck by the offender, and shots were exchanged and the vehicle got stuck in the construction area here and a foot chase ensued and a running gun battle took place," said Lt. Jeff Neff, Waushara Co. Sheriff's Department.
"Saw the cop cars pull up and stop. And saw a guy come running up the other direction and heard about eight shots fired," said neighbor, Brad Obarski.
"Police officers took up spots in our backyard and we were told to get in our house at first and then eventually we were evacuated out our front door on foot, they wouldn't let us take our cars," said Obarski.
It wouldn't be until the early hours of Thursday morning until they could return. That's when authorities said it was over and the suspect was dead.
"We're still processing an active crime scene and that's all I'm going to say at this time," said Neff
Multiple law enforcement agencies from across the area assisted on scene. The Waushara County Sheriff's Department says the Department of Justice will also be assisting in the investigation.
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