July 23, 2021 – Town of Farmington, WI – The Washington County SWAT team responded to the 8100 block of STH 144 in the Town of Farmington Thursday evening at approximately 8:30 p.m. for a neighbor dispute involving death threats.
Initial information was two neighbors became involved in a verbal dispute. After death threats were made, one neighbor retreated into his home fearing for his safety. The caller then reported hearing gunfire outside of his home as he armed himself and sheltered in place.
Upon the first deputy’s arrival, he also reported hearing both semi-automatic gunfire followed by what he believed was fully-automatic gunfire by the saw suspect.
The tactical team was deployed and the armored rescue vehicle was utilized to safely evacuate the caller from his home while other tactical elements secured the area. It was determined the suspect, a 43-year-old Town of Farmington man, returned to his nearby home.
Sheriff’s office negotiators were able to safely negotiate the suspect out of the residence where he was taken into custody without incident at 10:47 p.m. The suspect is a convicted felon and is currently being held at the Washington County Jail as Washington County detectives continue to investigate this morning; alcohol is also a possible contributing factor in this incident.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend a thank you to both the Kewaskum Police Department and the West Bend Police Department for their mutual aid assistance. We would also like to thank the Boltonville and Kewaskum Fire Departments for staging their emergency response.
The Washington County SWAT Team is composed of personnel from the sheriff’s office, the Germantown Police Department and the Hartford Police Department; their mission is the preservation of life and property during critical incidents and high-risk operations.