DE PERE (NBC 26) — UPDATE: After a lengthy standoff, police were able to take a male suspect into custody, the store was reopened to the public by 4:00 p.m.
The De Pere Police Department released they responded to a welfare check of a male who was behaving erratically in the store, making strange comments, and falling into shelves that appeared to be intoxicated or possibly under the influence of drugs.
When police made contact with the male, it was observed that he had two large knives. The male was non-compliant with officers and took off running toward the electronics
department, barricading himself in the restroom.
The store was evacuated as a precaution and officers requested assistance from the Brown County SWAT Team and K-9 unit. Officers also report they requested that a rescue squad stage nearby the scene. De Pere officers were able to contain the male until officers from the Brown Coutny Sheriff's Department, Green Bay Police Department and De Pere Fire Rescue arrived to assist.
After a lengthy standoff, the male was taken into custody by the Brown County SWAT Officers and was transported to a local hospital by De Pere Fire Rescue for evaluation and treatment.
Criminal charges are to be determined depending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
Please see the attached Press Release. pic.twitter.com/NDKIqz1OnI— De Pere Police Department (@DePerePD) March 20, 2023
The De Pere Walmart was evacuated Monday morning for a report of an active incident.
According to the De Pere Police Department, the incident is ongoing at the Lawrence Drive location.
Please avoid De Pere Walmart at this time. We have an active incident ongoing and the store is currently closed to the public.— De Pere Police Department (@DePerePD) March 20, 2023
By Monday afternoon police stated that the situation was contained but not resolved.
The situation at Walmart is currently contained, but not resolved. There is no ongoing danger to the public at this time. Store employees are safe and have been evacuated.— De Pere Police Department (@DePerePD) March 20, 2023
Store employees tell our crews on scene they were notified of an evacuation over the PA. All employees are safe.