Two people in Minocqua said they wanted a Marshfield Clinic nurse practitioner to see what pain felt like. According to police they locked the practitioner in an office Tuesday and threatened her with a hatchet and meat tenderizer, according to police. Police also found loaded revolver in their bag. Jillian and Joseph Buza could face nearly three decades in prison combined.
During an appointment with her nurse practitioner at Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua, 39-year-old Jillian Buza looked over to her ex-husband and said, "Are you ready?"
That's when 70- year- old Joesph Buza cornered the practitioner with his wheelchair and held a hatchet and meat tenderizer to her face while Jillian duct taped the door shut, according to the criminal complaint.
Police believe the pair went to Marshfield Clinic Tuesday with the intention of crushing Jillian's nurse practitioner's feet and hands.
Joesph told police she was "making their lives a living hell."
The pair was upset with the practitioner for trying to wean Jillian off opioids.
In a phone interview, Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger called the staff at Marshfield Clinic the "real heroes."
Three employees forced the door open and helped the practitioner restrain the Buzas and take away their weapons until police could arrive.
Before police got there, Jillian told Joseph "I told you we should have just killed ourselves."
The pair is being charged with two felonies for false imprisonment and attempted aggravated battery.
The Buzas are each being held on a 250-thousand dollar cash bond.
Original story follows below.
Panic alarms went off after two people threatened a health care worker at Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua on Tuesday afternoon.
Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger reports Joseph R. Buza, 70, and Jillian L. Buza, 39, threatened an employee with a hatchet and meat tenderizer around 4:45 p.m.
Marshfield Clinic staff restrained the Buzas until police could get there. Jaeger says the staff's quick action likely prevented the situation from getting much worse.
"They deserve the praise, they're the real heroes," Jaeger said in a phone interview.
Officers found a loaded gun and ammunition in a bag that belonged to the suspects, who Jaeger believes to be either husband and wife or a divorced couple.
Marshfield Clinic released an emailed statement early Wednesday afternoon about the incident.
"Prior to the arrival of authorities, staff members isolated the individuals, de-escalated the situation and kept the disturbance away from patients," Dr. Michael Schaars, Northeast Hospital and Specialties Medical Director said. "We appreciate the response by our staff to keep our patients, visitors and employees safe. Weapons are prohibited from all Marshfield Clinic Health System property."
Both suspects were taken to the Oneida County Jail. Police recommended charges of false imprisonment, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, attempted battery (aggravated) -- intend bodily harm, and disorderly conduct.
Joseph and Jillian Buza both have initial appearances in Oneida County Court on Wednesday afternoon.