Two people in custody after tactical situation in Shorewood

CREATED Jun. 21, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 21, 2013

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SHOREWOOD - Law enforcement officers have taken two people into custody after a tactical situation which reportedly involved a domestic dispute in an apartment.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that it happened in an apartment on the 3500 block of North Oakland Avenue, a few blocks south of Shorewood High School.  It began at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

At about 7:30 p.m., police told TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz that someone inside the apartment called police, asked if they were looking for him, then came out with his hands up.

Law enforcement took him and a woman into custody.

Shorewood Police Chief David Banazynski said that they got reports of a man and woman arguing in an apartment in that building.

The chief said that after attempting to try to reach the people inside, "They would not answer the door," and after more than four hours, "we don't know, in this domestic situation, what's going on...they are not talking to us.  We can't get into the apartment."

He pleaded to whoever is inside there, saying, "Open the door, come out, let's end this in a peaceful manner."

About a half hour, the tactical situation ended with the people in custody, though even at that point, law enforcement officers still did not know the nature of the situation.

Law enforcement bomb squad robots and bomb-sniffing dogs were being used near the scene. 

West Allis and Cudahy Police had also gone to the scene.

"There's definitely (something happening) on the third floor of the building," said Tim Ryan, who works in the building where the tactical situation is happening, on TODAY'S TMJ4.

The building houses both apartments and businesses, including the Harley's mens clothing shop.

Authorities were asking people to stay inside the building.  Apparently, law enforcement officers were trying to talk to someone inside that building's third floor.

A man who says he lives in the building tells Keller that the domestic dispute was happening above his apartment. 

He said he heard a man and woman fighting, and that conflicts between the couple are common. He also told Keller that he feared for the life of the woman who could be involved.

"Three weeks ago, a friend of mine called police on them...he talked to the guys, and they left," said Tomas Norkus, another witness.

One person described the scary scene to Keller.

"I woke up from a nap from them honking the horn on the armored truck or whatever. So I come out to see who it was and there's two dudes there in the bushes under a burlap sack, snipers out."

Nicolay Rogovskiy was told he had to stay inside the store he owns, a Russian food store.

"Whatever it is, it's pretty scary," Rogovskiy told TODAY'S TMJ4.

Traffic had been closed off on Oakland Avenue between East Beverly Road and East Edgewood Avenue.  Crews were in process of re-opening streets there as of 7:35 p.m.

Other streets including Murray and Menlo were closed off as well for a portion of time.

Some nearby youth sports events had to be canceled due to the tactical situation.

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