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UPDATED: Heavy police presence reported on Wausau’s east side

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WAUSAU — Police on Tuesday morning apprehended a suspect wanted on felony charges, prompting a heavy police presence on Wausau’s east side.

Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven said the suspect was not cooperative and officers required assistance taking him into custody. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to the Marathon County Jail and the situation is resolved.

At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, witnesses alerted Wausau Pilot and Review after seeing at least six squad cars and a Marathon County Sheriff’s vehicle with officers surrounding a home near 7th and Washington Streets.

The situation is the third in recent weeks involving a major police response to an east side neighborhood. On July 7, a domestic incident involving a man with a firearm prompted police to shut down northbound traffic on 6th Street.

Then on July 10, police peacefully resolved a situation on Wausau’s east side after a report of a man, possibly armed, making verbal threats.

At least eight squad cars were seen surrounding a home on Park Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets, according to eyewitness reports. Numerous police officers were wearing tactical gear and had guns pointed.

In the July 10 incident, police say the man has mental health issues and surrendered willingly.

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