Merrill man charged following standoff with deputies
Robert S. Breunig, 25 of Merrill– was charged August 23 with Felony-Failure to Comply with Officer’s Attempt to take Person into Custody and Misdemeanor charges of Intentionally Pointing a Firearm at a Person and Disorderly Conduct.
According to court records, Breunig was involved in an August 18 incident in the town of Corning, during which he reportedly made threatening statements and barricaded himself in bedroom, while claiming he was armed.
Upon arrival of Lincoln County deputies, Breunig reportedly refused to exit the bedroom and indicated he was pointing a firearm at deputies through a wall of the bedroom.
According to further details indicated in the court report, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Response Team (aka SWAT) was activated to assist with the situation as well as the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office’s ‘Bearcat’ armored vehicle.
Following nearly an hour and a half of negotiation and the arrival of the ‘Bearcat,’ Breunig surrendered without further incident incident. Breunig was reportedly ’empty handed’ when he surrendered and denied ever being armed. A subsequent search of the home reportedly did not yield any evidence of firearm(s) ever being present during the incident.
Breunig appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court on Wednesday August 24 and was released on $1,500 signature bond by judge Robert Russell, with a provision Breunig refrain from possessing any firearms.