Black River Falls man going to prison after standoff with police


Jackson County (WQOW) – A Black River Falls man involved in a standoff with police last November is going to prison.

Denzel Sanders was sentenced Thursday to five years behind bars. He was charged with repeatedly pointing a loaded gun at his girlfriend’s face and making comments about killing her. A week later she said he threatened her again, left to get guns and said if she called police he would shoot them.

After a four-hour standoff, he surrendered. 

Jackson County (WQOW) — More charges were filed against a Black River Falls man already charged for a November standoff with police.

Denzel Sanders was charged Wednesday, accused of repeatedly poking his girlfriend in the face with a loaded gun and making comments about killing her. The incident allegedly took place on November 22. 

One week later, on November 27, Sanders’ girlfriend called police to say he had threatened her, left their home to get guns and said if she called law enforcement, he would shoot them. According to the criminal complaint, police said he also made a Facebook video that showed him holding up three guns and saying he was not going back to jail.

Law enforcement engaged in a four hour standoff with Sanders before he finally gave himself up. He is pleading innocent by reason of insanity to the charges in that case.

Black River Falls (WQOW) -The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man suspected of causing a standoff with police Monday.

Denzel T. Sanders, 26, of Black River Falls was taken into custody Monday evening. He was booked on charges of failure to comply with officer’s attempt to take into custody, domestic disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer, and a probation violation. This case remains under investigation and additional charges may be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.

On Monday, November 27th, 2017, at about 1:39 p.m., a female complainant reported a domestic disturbance incident that occurred at a residence on W Bauer Road. Jackson County Deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect, and located him outside of 119 S 3rd St. in Black River Falls. Deputies attempted to take the suspect into custody for the domestic disturbance incident, but he fled into the residence where he was known to have access to multiple firearms.

The suspect barricaded himself inside and refused to come out, at which point the area was secured and the Jackson County Emergency Response Team (ERT) was activated. The Black River Falls Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office, and the Black River Falls Municipal Utilities also responded to assist with the incident.

Black River Falls (WQOW)
– The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a man is in custody after a four hour standoff in Black River Falls.

Around 6:25 p.m., the man, whose identity hasn’t been released, came out of an apartment and was taken into custody by authorities. He was transported to the Jackson County Jail a few blocks away from the scene. 

No one was injured during the standoff. 

According to Jackson County Sheriff Duane Waldera, the incident began with a phone call to the sheriff’s office from a victim of a domestic abuse incident. The caller gave information on the suspect and said he was on his way to Black River Falls. The caller also said the man did have a weapon with him. 

Deputies tried to stop the man as he arrived in Black River Falls, but the man was able to get into a friend’s apartment in the 100 block of S. 3rd Street.

Authorities then spent the next several hours trying to talk the man out of the apartment. 

"We actually did some evacuations initially to the close by residents to make sure they were out of harms way," Sheriff Duane Waldera said. "We did have to do an extrication evacuation of a residence that was right next to the residence in question so that was all done successfully with no issues."

La Crosse County’s Bearcat armored vehicle was brought in to assist with the incident. It was used in part to help with evacuations of 10-15 people from surrounding homes on S. 3rd and S. 4th Streets. Black River Falls Police and members of the Wisconsin State Patrol also assisted during the standoff. 

"We also like having the Bearcat there not only for the protection of law enforcement, but for the suspect too if they chose to leave the residence," Waldera said. "It’s nice to be able to pool resources and have that kind of equipment in these situations."

While negotiations took place, authorities cut power to the area surrounding the apartment building. Several streets around the the location of the apartment were also closed by authorities. Waldera said after the suspect spoke with someone on the phone he knew, he decided to come out of the residence. Had he remained barricaded he said the department had local utility companies on hand to turn off the power.

Sheriff Waldera said there is no further threat to the public.

In a statement following the arrest of the suspect, Sheriff Waldera said he wanted to thank the citizens for cooperating during the incident. "We understand that it was a long time to ask people to stay away from the area. We were able to ensure citizens’ safety by them cooperating while we worked to resolve the situation."

Jackson County officials told News 18 that they are not releasing the name of the suspect at this time due to the pending investigation, but are expected to release more details Tuesday morning.

Black River Falls (WQOW) – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has responded to a call of a male subject barricaded in a residence on the 100 block of S. 3rd Street.

This is an ongoing incident and law enforcement is asking for citizens’ assistance to avoid of the area.

Traffic is restricted on S 2nd Street, S 3rd Street and S 4th Street between Pierce and Fillmore Street. The situation is contained to this area and citizens outside this area are not in danger.

More information will be provided as the situation continues.

This is a developing story, stay with News 18 for the latest details.



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