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UPDATE: Man in Custody After Standoff in Milton

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 -- 8:09 a.m.

From Rock County Sheriff’s Office:

On 03-26-13 at 11:45am Police Officers from Milton, Edgerton, Fulton Township, Janesville, and Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed subject in the City of Milton. A 29-year-old male, Joseph S. Usher had armed himself with knives, after a domestic dispute with his wife. Upon officer’s arrival the subject barricaded himself in the basement of the home.

At 11:54am the Rock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Negotiators were called out, and for the next two hours Negotiators from the Janesville Police Department attempted negotiations with the Usher, but he was unwilling to comply and exit the basement. Negotiators from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office then took over negotiations with Usher but he continued to refuse to exit the basement.

After negotiations were unproductive members from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team breached two basement windows and the basement door. Deputies outside the basement window observed Usher in the basement holding two knives. They ordered him to drop the knives, he failed to comply, so the SWAT team deployed less lethal rounds Usher, striking him twice. Shortly thereafter the SWAT team took Usher into custody.

Usher suffered no significant injury, however, he was transported to Edgerton Hospital to be medically evaluated. Usher has pending charges of Disorderly Conduct/Domestic Violence, False Imprisonment, Failure to Comply with Officer’s Attempts to Take a Person Into Custody, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of THC.

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

UPDATED Tuesday, March 26, 2013 --- 4:28 p.m.

We now know the name of the man arrested in today's standoff in Milton. 29-year-old Joseph Usher was taken into custody after a three hour standoff with multiple police agencies. Milton police were first called to the scene just before noon to what was described as a domestic incident with an armed subject.

Milton Police chief Daniel Layber says when they arrived, they entered the house, and Joseph Usher was threatening himself with knives -- one to his throat, the other to his chest. He then asked officers to shoot him. He eventually retreated into the basement, and officers were able to get Usher's wife and children, who were in a nearby bedroom, out of the house safely.

Chief Layber says Milton PD received help from form Janesville, Fulton, and Edgerton Police Departments, as well as the Rock County Sheriff's department.

Usher faces several potential charges, including domestic violence while armed, failure to comply with police orders, disorderly conduct and possible drug charges.


UPDATED Tuesday, March 26, 2013 --- 3:18 p.m.

About 11:45 am, police responded to a 911 call at a home where a man was inside with his wife and two children. Shortly after they arrived, the wife and children were let out safely. The man remained inside, and the standoff lasted about three hours.

The Rock County SWAT Team broke a window to the basement, where the suspect had barricaded himself. They fired two "less-lethal" ammunition rounds--which were beanbags--striking the man.

The SWAT Team then entered the house and found the man holding knives. The SWAT Team fired another beanbag round, and the man surrendered. He was taken into custody around 3 p.m.


Posted Tuesday, March 26, 2013 --- 1:12 p.m.

A SWAT Team has been called to an address in the 600 block of Rogers Street in Milton.

Rock Co. dispatchers say an incident was called in around 11:45. Milton Police responded, with the assistance of a Rock County SWAT team.

Milton Police say Rogers Street is blocked off, and people should avoid the area at this time.

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