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21-year-old Rhinelander man in custody after hours-long standoffSubmitted: 11/16/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera
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aherrera@wjfw.com

21-year-old Rhinelander man in custody after hours-long standoff
RHINELANDER - A man threatening to hurt himself and others with a knife sparked an hours-long standoff in Rhinelander Thursday. 

Police were called to the home of 21-year-old Mathew Smith on Highway 8 just before 10 a.m. All afternoon, police tried talking to Smith who wouldn't come out of his home. Smith, along with other people, and a child were inside the home at first. Police say within the first half an hour, everyone expect Smith got out safely.  


Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman said police believe drugs were a factor in this incident. The Oneida County Special Response Team spent nearly six hours trying to get Smith to come out of his home.

"[The] Special Response Team did deploy some gas into the residence. That's part of their protocol on getting a barricaded suspect out of a residence," said Hartman. 

Smith was arrested for domestic violence disorderly conduct, failure to comply with an officer's attempt to take the person into custody, and multiple warrants. Other departments like the Rhinelander Police Department, Minocqua Police Department and the Langlade County Sheriff's Office also assisted. 

"We give chances to surrender peacefully. We slowly ramp up our level of force until we get compliance," said Hartman. 

Hartman said nobody was injured in this incident. He added his department along with other departments work together to make sure they follow a plan. Langlade County's special response team also worked with Oneida County. 

Smith was taken into custody just before 4 p.m.



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