UPDATE: Arrest Made in Fond du Lac, Lockdown Lifted

CREATED Dec. 9, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 9, 2013

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  • A SWAT team forms a staging area near a standoff on S. Main Street in Fond du Lac. Image by Cassandra Duvall

  • Fire destroys a home at N65 Hickory Street in Fond du Lac Image by Fond du Lac Fire Department

  • A SWAT team forms a staging area near a standoff on S. Main Street in Fond du Lac. Image by Cassandra Duvall

  • Fire destroys a home at N65 Hickory Street in Fond du Lac Image by Fond du Lac Fire Department

  • Fire destroys a home at N65 Hickory Street in Fond du Lac Image by Fond du Lac Fire Department

FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- A suspect is in custody tonight after a five-hour stand-off in Fond du Lac. The situation began when firefighters received a call around 9 AM of a house fire on Hickory St. The house was empty at the time. Firefighters aren't sure what caused the fire, but they consider it suspicious.

"It was fire coming out of all the windows, it was impossible to enter at the time so we did a defensive attack on the fire," says Troy Haase with the Fond du Lac Fire Department.

After the fire police made contact with a person of interest on the 800 block of S Main st. Investigators say that person then opened fire on officers and barricaded himself inside.

The stand-off ended this afternoon, but police kept the neighborhood locked down until about 8:30 tonight as there were threats of explosive devices made by the suspect. The whole situation has left people in the area on edge.

A neighborhood shutdown for hours.

"Heard shots fired."

Everything within a three block radius shutdown. Judy Sommerfeldt lives in the trailer court nearby and was stuck inside all day.

"We just waited and stayed in the house and stayed locked in," says Sommerfeldt.

Neighbors watch as police try to resolve the situation.

"Running around with big guns. Snipers on the roofs. Hiding behind cars," says Pam Beekmary of Fond du Lac.

Just after 2 pm, the suspect in custody with no one hurt.

"We don't want to have these incidents happen at all, but if they are going to occur, this is exactly how you want it to wrap up," says Fond du Lac Assistant Police Chief Steve Thiry.

During the stand-off the, lockdown left the area quiet.

"It was like a ghost town, I've never seen it like this," says Beekmary.

At this point the suspect's name is not being released. Fond du Lac police received assistance from the Brown and Outagamie County Bomb Squads.