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Update: Front-yard gunshots led to home evacuations, school alert in Prescott

Law enforcement vehicles and an ambulance were on the scene of what authorities called "a police incident" Monday, April 22, on Highway 35 in Prescott. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia

A man was apprehended Monday after a gun-related incident that put a school on alert, evacuated homes and shut down a portion of highway in Prescott.

Prescott Police Chief Eric Michaels said in a news release the incident began at 9:19 a.m. when an officer driving on Highway 35 spotted a man shooting rounds from a gun in his front yard. The man then entered his house.

Authorities closed off the highway from Kinnickinnic Street to Walter Street while responding to the incident. The release did not describe what unfolded in the intervening hours, but noted that nearby homes were evacuated and that St. Joseph’s Catholic School was alerted “to keep the children inside” until receiving an all-clear.

The man, who was not identified in the release, was taken into custody at about 11:30 a.m., police said. The release did not elaborate on the man’s condition and what, if any, charges he might face, but noted the incident remains under investigation.

Prescott police, along with Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies and an ambulance, were seen near the north end of the closure.

Deputies, along with the Wisconsin State Patrol, River Falls EMS and the Department of Natural Resources, assisted police at the scene.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin. 

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