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Man kills himself during Greenville police standoff

Woman escapes unharmed

By Scott Bellile

A 48-year-old man is dead after authorities say he shot himself inside a home during a five-hour standoff with law enforcement.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, just before 4 p.m., officers were called to W8147 Wisconsin Ave. just west of Manley Road in Greenville for a domestic disturbance.

A 40-year-old woman escaped the house prior to calling law enforcement. She told officers the man was alone inside the house, according to Outagamie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nathan Borman.

The man had fired a gun several times during the situation, but the bullets did not strike anyone.

Borman said he could not comment on whether the shots were fired while the woman was inside the house, citing the ongoing investigation.

Officers attempted to reach the man by phone for several hours but failed, according to Borman.

The Brown-Outagamie County Bomb Squad deployed a bomb detection robot in an attempt to contact him.

“We are able to utilize this to open doors or windows without having to expose our personnel to a threat,” Borman said.

Viewing a camera feed attached to the robot,  officers saw the man was down around 9:15 p.m., Borman said. They entered the home where they found he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The sheriff’s office did not release the man’s name.

Also responding to the scene were the Outagamie County Emergency Response Team, Appleton Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, Weyauwega Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance.

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