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Wautoma armed standoff with robber is over


WAUTOMA, Wis. (WSAU) - Officers spent over eight hours in an armed standoff with a robbery suspect Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The suspect was found dead after the standoff ended.

It started as a mid afternoon robbery at a northside Wautoma pharmacy Wednesday. The male suspect got away, but had officers in hot pursuit. Witnesses say there was an exchange of gunshots.

The suspect’s car got stuck in the Division Street construction zone. He then fled on foot, and broke into a home owned by a church. The family that lives there was away on vacation.

The standoff with police lasted from about 4:00 p.m. until about 12:40 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators have been gathering evidence all night. They plan to release more details after 9:00 a.m. Thursday.