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Neighborhood lockdown ends without incident

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A domestic incident between roommates that escalated through the day and initiated a neighborhood lockdown in the town of Hudson ended without serious incident Monday afternoon.

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Some 20 St. Croix County deputies, including the SWAT team, with assistance from Wisconsin State Patrol, DNR wardens and Washington County, Minn., peace officers were involved in the incident at 735 Wilfred Road, as unseasonably warm temperatures hit the mid-90s, said Chief Deputy Scott Knutson.

Sheriff John Shilts said Brian Joseph Quinn, 29, was arrested about 3:18 p.m. without a fight after he apparently was involved in a scuffle with his roommate and proceeded to break furniture and household goods in the residence, tossing some out the window.

Quinn was charged with felony criminal damage, battery and disorderly conduct. He was scheduled for an initial appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court from jail at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The altercation started about 4:20 a.m., said St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts.

Deputies arrived at the scene, then left to obtain arrest and search warrants, and returned to the house when a standoff began, Knutson said. Court records said a search warrant was issued Monday by Judge Howard W. Cameron.

“We initiated a neighborhood lockdown through ‘City Watch Call,’ at 12:30 p.m. because we wanted the schools to be aware of the situation and we didn’t want the kids coming home to the neighborhood on the bus in the middle of the situation,” said Shilts. The lockdown was terminated at 3:30 p.m.

“Alcohol and/or drugs,” may have played a part in the incident,” Shilts said. The sheriff said there was a firearm reported in the house and a hand gun was recovered during a search. The roommate was injured and attended to by EMS staff.

Knutson said an apparent factor in bringing the situation to a conclusion was the arrival at the front door of the Washington County “BearCat”, a 9-ton, bullet-proof vehicle used to deliver Emergency Response Team members to a scene without restrictions from obstacles.

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