Press Release

On Friday, April 10, 2020, at 10:40 p.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call to conduct a welfare check on a male subject at 1481 2 3⁄4 Street, Turtle Lake.

When a deputy arrived at the residence, he heard several gun shots coming from the residence. The Barron/Rusk Emergency Response Team was called to the scene as well as officers from the Turtle Lake, Cumberland and Barron Police Departments. During this time approximately 12 more shots were heard outside the residence.

The Barron/Rusk Emergency Response Team attempted to make contact by phone with the male, who was the only subject in the house, but all attempts were unsuccessful. Both the Rusk and Barron Armored vehicles approached the house and attempted to make contact again with the subject inside.

After a several attempts, a male subject came to the front door of the residence with a handgun in his hand. After a few minutes of negotiations, the male subject put the gun down and exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident.

Taken into custody was Thomas Levasseur, 55 of Woodville WI. After medical evaluation, he will be transported to the Barron County Jail where he will be held on charges of Armed while Intoxicated.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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