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Oak Creek standoff: 2 arrested for threatening to shoot hotel employees, police

Police say the two would not leave their hotel room, were uncooperative, and continued to threaten to shoot law enforcement.
Posted at 3:47 PM, Jan 20, 2023

OAK CREEK, Wis. — Two people were arrested after a lengthy standoff with police at an Oak Creek hotel on Friday.

According to the Oak Creek Police Department, officers responded to Motel 6, 1201 W. College Ave, around 1 p.m. for a customer who refused to leave. The customer threatened to shoot employees and then law enforcement.

Officers initiated contact with the customer, a 54-year-old Alabama man, who was staying in a room with his 55-year-old girlfriend from Milwaukee.

Police say the two would not leave the room, were uncooperative, and continued to threaten to shoot law enforcement.

The building and surrounding areas were evacuated.

After hours of negotiations, police were able to take both individuals safely into custody. Charges will be brought to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

Oak Creek police were assisted by the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, and FBI Milwaukee.

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Oak Creek police say an incident near 13th and College is now contained.

Around 3:30 p.m., police announced an active threat situation in the area. The incident is now isolated and police are working towards a "successful resolution."

According to the Oak Creek Police Department, those in the area and in possible danger within the building have been evacuated.

Police have asked the public to stay away from the area and take alternative routes.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.

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