A 33-year-old Elm Grove man arrested after barricading himself in his Elm Grove apartment had damaged his parents' Brookfield home before keeping officers on a four-hour standoff in the village.
His name is not being published because he has not yet been charged. Brookfield police Capt. Jim Adlam said the man was alone in his apartment in the 600 block of Dunleith Circle, just north of Elm Grove and Bluemound roads on Aug. 8, and displayed bizarre behavior, including brandishing a knife when officers arrived. The four-unit apartment complex was immediately evacuated and the standoff ended shorty before 6:30 p.m.
Brookfield police arrived at the man's apartment to question him about a domestic disturbance and criminal damage to property that had occurred at his parents' home. According to a Brookfield police report, the man's father called police at 12:12 p.m. Aug. 8 after his son allegedly kicked in the garage door, busted a bedroom window and screen and threw chairs around the house. The man's father described his son as being bipolar. When police arrived, the suspect was gone.
According to an Elm Grove police report, Brookfield police requested two officers meet them at the man's Elm Grove apartment at 2:06 p.m. to assist with an arrest. When officers arrived, the man refused to exit the apartment, according to the police report. Officers could hear the man moving what sounded like furniture around the apartment, according to the Brookfield report.
At 2:37 p.m., the man began yelling "fire." The man started a small fire in the apartment, but it's unknown if it was in the fireplace, Adlam said during a press conference after the man's arrest. Smoke was seen coming out of the chimney and a window during the standoff. The man closed the windows at one point, then opened them again, but stayed inside. At 2:42 p.m., Brookfield officers said that the man had a large knife in his hand. Officers tried calling the man twice, but he threw his cellular phone out of the window and barricaded himself inside at 2:43 p.m.
Elm Grove called for assistance from the Waukesha Sheriff's Department at 3:34 p.m. The man could be seen sitting on a window sill, wearing a baseball hat and holding car keys in his hand, according to the police report. At 4:17 p.m., the Elm Grove report says the man possibly had a "fake green gun" in his hand. At 4:29 p.m., the man was seen through a window holding a knife again. The man possibly consumed pills at 4:44 p.m., according to the report. A search warrant was received by Brookfield police at 5:52 p.m.
Waukesha County Tactical units fired non-lethal rounds at the apartment's windows at 6:10 p.m. and the man was arrested 10 minutes later.
"Waukesha County's Tactical Unit attempted to breach some windows, and at that point the suspect dove out of a window and attempted to flee," Adlam said. "Waukesha County's Sheriff K-9 Unit and tactical officers were in the area and he was quickly taken into custody."
The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a news release from the Elm Grove Police Department.
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