Possible mental health crisis draws heavy police presence in Wausau

A heavy police presence on Wausau’s east side Tuesday afternoon was due to a possible mental health crisis, according to the Wausau Police Department.

Officials said they were called to N. 6th St. and Park Ave. on reports of a disturbance involving a firearm. Officers with tactical gear and weapons drawn could be seen in the area.

"When it involves a report of a firearm, or a weapon of any type, that certainly heightens our concern," said Wausau Police Captain Todd Baeten. "So we respond accordingly, and that’s really what happened today. That required a larger police presence."

Police said they were able to make contact with the person who they said was experiencing a possible mental health crisis. The person was put in contact with the crisis assessment response team.

No one was injured in the incident.



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