West Allis polling place put on lockdown Tuesday

Posted at 1:42 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 15:52:37-04

WEST ALLIS -- Wilson Elementary school, which was a polling location on Tuesday, was placed under lockdown after a man at a rooming house made suicidal threats and threaten to harm others.

“We were informed that some altercation was going on at the end of the block and the intersection of Greenfield Avenue,"  said Woody Skogstad, a polling inspector at Wilson Elementary. "We were not told exactly what it was. School authorities said they would lock the building down which they did for about 10 or 15 minutes but we manned the doors for voters."

Businesses on 88th and Greenfield were asked to stay inside as the tactical operation was underway. Police officers were seen with their guns draws surrounding the building.

"Cops had their shields and they're AK-47s all pointed at the building," said Glen Miller who works at Quick Signs.

One man inside the building said police stormed inside and asked everyone to stay inside and lock their doors.

“I heard the guy hollering, and he said he had a nine mm and he was going to shoot up the building,” Warren Gyton said.

West Allis police said a person was taken into custody without anyone being hurt.

Voting at Wilson Elementary continued with a stream of voters arriving throughout the morning.