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Star Prairie man arrested after police standoff

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A Town of Star Prairie man was taken into custody Friday night after a domestic disturbance led to a standoff with police at a home in the 2100 block of 100th Street near Squaw Lake.

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The situation ended around 10 p.m. when officers forced their way into the home, and shot a stun gun at William E. Mozeley, 54. He was then brought to Westfields Hospital for evaluation and then booked into jail where he has since posted bond. Charges are pending, according to Chief Deputy Scott Knudson of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcement officers were first dispatched to the home for a domestic disturbance at just before 5:45 p.m., but Mozeley escalated the situation by refusing to cooperate.

"He pretty much locked the doors and holed up in his house for a bit," Knudson said.

Officers attempted to communicate with Mozeley via phone, and later via a squad car public address system. Mozeley continued making threats during the standoff, according to Knudson.

"There was a little of everything," Knudson said. "There were threats to officers, threats to myself, threats to the police canine. You name it, he was noncompliant."

The police presence was significant due to Mozeley's criminal history, Knudson said without elaborating. Seven deputies responded to the scene along with two Somerset Police officers. The road in front of the home, 100th Street, was briefly closed while officers determined whether Mozeley was still on the property.

An ambulance was staged nearby, but was not needed. No one was injured during the standoff.

"The guys did a good job," Knudson said. "Any situation with that many people involved and with the cards we were dealt, when everybody goes home safe, to include the person taken into custody, that's a win for us."

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including Patch.com in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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