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Man Arrested After Shots Fired During Welfare Check

Thomas Levasseur, age 55, of Woodville, WI, was arrested after shots were fired during a welfare check at an Upper Turtle Lake residence, three miles east of Turtle Lake.
According to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department a call was received at 10:40 p.m. Friday, April 10 in regards to conducting a welfare check on a male subject at a 2-3/4 Street address.
According to the daily dispatch log a female requested the check after receiving a disturbing text message. She informed the sheriff’s department there were guns in the cabin.
When a deputy responded to the residence he heard several gun shots coming from outside the residence. While more shots were fired the Barron/Rusk Emergency Response Team was called to the scene and attempted to make phone contact with Levasseur, who was the only subject in the house. When all attempts failed the Rush and Barron armored vehicles approched the house in an effort to make contact with Levasseur. After several attempts he came to the front door with a handgun in his hand. Levasseur put the gun down and exited the residence after a few minutes of negotiations. He was taken into custody without incident.
After medical evaluation Levasseur was transported to the Barron County Jail where he was held on charges of armed while intoxicated.
Levasseur appeared at a Monday, April 13 initial appearance where a $2000 signature bond was set. An adjourned initial appearance was scheduled for Friday, April 24.

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