Update: Driver rams into corrections office, starts fire with incendiary bomb
Early Monday morning an unidentified person drove his or her vehicle into the front of the Wisconsin Community Corrections office and then lobbed a device into the office to start a fire.
The person is also suspected of slashing the tires on several state vehicles parked outside of the office which is located at 2100 O'Neil Road in the St. Croix Business Park.
According to the Hudson Police Department the incident took place sometime between 5:10 a.m. and 6:25 a.m.
HPD Chief Marty Jensen said that after smashing into the front doors, a device was thrown into the front foyer which started a fire. The fire was quickly put out by the sprinkler system, however, there was severe damage to the foyer and some adjoining rooms. Police were not releasing any information about the device.
Jensen said that the vehicle involved will have front end damage and would likely have left the area traveling at a high rate of speed. There would also be broken glass on the hood of the vehicle.
HPD Sgt. Glen Hartman said they are investigating several persons of interest from the corrections officers' client lists. The department will be receiving assistance from the state Department of Criminal Investigation and the State Fire Marshal's office.
Probation and parole agents operate out of the office to supervise offenders in the community, and provide investigative services to the courts, Division of Adult Institutions, and Parole Commission. The office will be conducting business from temporary offices at the St.Croix County Government Center until the investigation is completed and repairs can be made.
There are no security cameras in or outside of the office.
@t:The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department is investigating a car fire that took place around the time of the corrections office crash in the area of River Crest School on County F. The car was reported stolen to the River Falls Police Department around 5 a.m. on Monday.
HPD Sgt. Pete Schultz said it is not yet known if the vehicle was involved in the corrections office crash.
Hudson police are asking anyone with information about this incident or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area to call the Hudson Police Department at (715) 386-4771.