On January 28th, 2014, at approximatley 12:45 P.M., the Taylor County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a report of a man with a gun. The caller reported that she had confronted the man who was brandishing a long gun. She attempted to persuade the individual to put the gun down but he refused. She reported that he then entered the residence at W5336 Perkins Street, just east of Medford in the Township of Medford and a short time later discharged the firearm through a window.
Emergency responders from the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Wisconsin State Partol, Medford Ambulance Service and Medford Area Fire Department responded to the area.
An approximately one hour stand off ensued. Telephone contact was initiated with the individual who reported he would commit "suicide by cop". Negotiations continued and ultimately the individual agreed to leave the residence but refused to relinquish his firearm. Officers on the scene repeatedly ordered the man to drop his weapon. He eventually complied with the orders given and officers made contact with the individual. After a brief physical confrontation, the individual was taken into custody.
Timothy R. Phillips, a 42 year old Medford area resident was taken into custody in relation to this incident. A further investigation is pending at this time.
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office wants to assure residents in the area of this incident that this appears to be an isolated incident and that there should be no further safety concerns related to this matter.