APPLETON - A nearly seven-hour standoff ended peacefully when police were able to take a suicidal man into custody from a house in the 1300 block of South Harmon Street late Tuesday night.
Officers say this is especially fortunate because there were two young children in the home with the man for much of the standoff.
It all began around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon on South Harmon Street. Appleton police got a call about a 34-year-old man threatening to kill himself with a gun.
"He was obviously distraught and having issues that he was not effectively able to deal with," said Sergeant David Lund.
But that wasn't all. Officers found out the man also had two six-month-old children in the house with him.
Officers quickly set up a perimeter with SWAT and began trying to contact the man. They also told neighbors to stay inside as a tense few hours unfolded.
"There may be children involved, as well, that's upsetting, you know? It's not something you wanna have happen anywhere, but certainly not down the street from where your family lives," said Kyle Nabilcy who was in from Madison visiting his parents in the neighborhood.
Shortly before 9 p.m. there was good news.
Sergeant Lund told FOX 11 that's when the man agreed to bring the children out of the house, in baby carriers, unharmed. According to Lund, the man is related to the children, but is not their father.
"The children have since been reunited with their parents," said Lund.
Lund told us when the man brought the children out; police could see he was carrying a long gun. The sergeant says the man then immediately returned to the house.
More than an hour and a half later at about 10:23 p.m. the standoff came to an end.
"The subject did walk out of the house on his own, did surrender to members of the SWAT team," Lund explained.
Lund said the surrender was peaceful, a successful outcome.
"This is a situation that we feel ended very fortunately without any violence, without any injury," Lund explained.
Lund said the incident will be referred to the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office for possible criminal charges.
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