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Suspect in jail after five hour police standoff

What one man said it was like to shelter in place across the street
Posted at 12:19 PM, Dec 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-30 18:06:22-05

GREENVILLE (NBC 26) — According to the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department, a 47-year-old man was taken to the Outagamie County Jail after allegedly firing a gun and threatening someone in a home near the intersection of Greenville Drive and Greenwood Road in Greenville.

According to a news release written by Lieutenant Nathan Borman, as of the publication of this article, Frank W. Thomas is being held on six charges, including First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Battery or Threat to Law Enforcement, Failure to Comply with Officer's Attempt to Take Person Into Custody, Felony Bail Jumping, Going Armed While Intoxicated and Disorderly Conduct.

The person who was allegedly shot at and threatened managed to escape the home, according to a news release from around 9:30 p.m. Friday. Borman writes people were evacuated from their homes.

"We never experienced this kind of situation, so we don't know exactly what to do," Ramon Bautista, manager at Fiesta Rodeo Mexican Cuisine, said. He had to shelter in place in the restaurant, located just across the street from the home where Thomas was, until midnight Friday with eight customers and 12 employees.

"I didn't know it was so close, Bautista said. "I thought it was somewhere in the area. But, when I realized how close it was, then I realized, like, wow ... You don't hear [about] anything like that around here, so I was pretty shocked."

Borman writes officers did not fire at Thomas.

Thomas' first court appearance will be Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 3:30 p.m.

As we have previously reported, officers were first called to the scene around 6:30 p.m. Friday. Thomas surrendered around 11:30 p.m.

The Sheriff's Office was helped by the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Brown - Outagamie County Bomb Squad, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office and the Outagamie County Emergency Response Team.