WAUSAU, WIS (WSAU) – A section of Wausau on the east side of town was shut down this afternoon as police hunted for a man with a gun.
Officers got a call this afternoon saying that a man with a rifle was walking along Townline Road. An officer tried to make contact with the man but he fled into the woods near Swanee Road. Lieutenant Jim Wadinski says police took action. “We sent a number of officers there, thinking the weapon was real. And, attempted to locate the subject.” Officers from Wausau and the Everest Metor Department surrounded the Terrace Heights apartment complex off of Townline Road.
When police arrested the man a short time later, it turned out the rifle was a toy. Wadinski says walking around with a toy isn't a crime, but you shouldn't run from police. “If you have normal contact, just cooperate and answer their questions. If you run off or run away, that arouses suspicion.
The man has not yet been identified, but police are charging him with disorderly conduct for running away from them at the start of the incident. He could make his initial appearance as soon as tomorrow.