A Port Washington man who was firing a handgun outside of a residence was apprehended after a six-hour standoff with police.

Around 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Port Washington police responded to the 900 block of West Grand Avenue after reports that a 48-year-old man was outside of a residence firing a handgun and shouting "suicidal statements" before returning inside. Officers who arrived on the scene secured the area and alerted residents in the vicinity to remain indoors.

The Ozaukee County SWAT team arrived shortly after to assist with the situation. Team members failed in attempts to communicate with the individual for several hours. The SWAT team ultimately fired rounds of pepper spray into the residence before a remote-operated surveillance robot entered the residence to assess the situation.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., the suspect was taken into custody after being found inside the residence suffering from the effects of the pepper spray. He was subsequently transported to a local area hospital for treatment.

The Port Washington Police Department has not released further details about the incident or the suspect in custody, but Chief Kevin Hingiss described it as a "well-handled situation."

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