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UPDATE: Officer sent to hospital, suspect in custody following Clark Co. standoff

Loyal (WAOW) – Police confirm wanted man has been “apprehended” in Clark Co. stand off.

The stand off is over but the scene is still very active.

Officials are still asking community members to avoid the area of East Mill Street in the Town of Loyal.

Loyal (WQOW) – According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page:

“The incident in Loyal is still active, however, there is no longer a threat to the public. Please avoid this area as a police presence will remain for some time. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.”

Loyal (WQOW) – 
According to a press release from the City of Loyal Police Department:

On September 12th, 2019, the Loyal Police Department was notified that a wanted subject had returned to his home in the City of Loyal.

The initial incident started yesterday afternoon when members of the Loyal Police Department saw Robert Domine driving a vehicle in the city of Loyal. They were aware that Robert had a valid body only warrant from Taylor County and tried to conduct a traffic stop on him.

Robert refused to stop and accelerated out of the city. The Loyal Police Department initiated a pursuit with Robert. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the chase. Robert drove southbound out of Loyal with officers behind him. During the chase it’s believed Robert displayed a handgun out his driver’s side window. The chase ended when Robert drove south on CTH Z, entered a field near the intersection of Sherwood Road, and became stuck.

Robert ran from his vehicle into a marsh and wooded area when officers lost sight of him. Efforts to find Robert went into the night and continued into this morning but were unsuccessful. WE BELIEVED THAT THERE WAS A POTENTIAL DANGER TO THE PUBLIC.

This afternoon, it was reported that someone saw an individual get into a logging truck and leave the area where Robert left his vehicle. While officers were trying to locate the logging truck, the Sheriff’s Office received a call that Robert was seen at his residence in Loyal.

Officers responded to his house and established a perimeter. Phone contact was made with Robert and it was confirmed he was home. Several negotiators were used to try to get him to come outside but he refused.

The Clark County Emergency Response Team responded to the area with help from the Marshfield Police Department Special Response Team and the Marathon County Bomb Squad. The Marshfield Police Department armored vehicle was used to approach the residence and ask for Robert to come outside.

Negotiators continued to try to get Robert to come out peaceably but he continually refused.

After about two hours of making announcements, gas was introduced into the residence. The Marathon County Bomb squad sent their robot in but it was unable to make it up the stairs. When we tried to enter through a garage door two gunshots were heard coming from the residence. One officer was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures and is doing fine.

The agencies that are involved are the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, the Greenwood Police department and Loyal Police Departments.

More information will be given as time permits.

Chief Matthew Kubista
Loyal Police Department

Clark County (WQOW) – Loyal Schools are on lockdown as police work to resolve this issue.

“Based on information from the Clark County Law Enforcement, the Loyal School District is locked in the building until further notice,” the Loyal School District said in a statement. “No one is allowed in or out of the building at this time.”

School district officials indicated “the situation that is driving the lock in is not at the school.”

Clark County (WQOW) – The sheriff’s office is asking people in the Loyal area to avoid East Mill Street. Authorities say many roads are blocked as they try to “peacefully resolve” the situation.

Clark County (WQOW) – The sheriff’s office in Clark County is looking for a man they believe to be armed.

According to the sheriff’s office, Robert Domine was involved in a chase on Wednesday night. During the chase, Domine showed a handgun and ran into a wooded area near Highway Z and Sherwood Road.

Domine is believed to be armed and still in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.

If you have any information on where he is, you are asked to call Clark County authorities at 715-743-3157.

Clint Berge

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