Authorities to recommend charges against man in Milton standoff

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staff, Gazette
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

— It took nearly three hours of negotiations—and three rubber bullets—to end a standoff with a man who barricaded himself inside a Milton home Tuesday afternoon, authorities say.

The man, Joseph S. Usher of 622 Rogers St., had armed himself with two knives and shut himself inside his home’s basement shortly before noon, Milton Police Chief Dan Layber said.

Usher was arrested at around 3 p.m. when SWAT team members who had surrounded the home shot him three times with rubber bullets through a basement window, Layber said. Authorities then broke through the basement door and arrested Usher.

The incident began at around 11:45 a.m. with a 911 call for an armed domestic incident at the home, Layber said.

When police arrived, Usher was suicidal and asked authorities to shoot him before fleeing to the basement, Layber said.

Usher’s wife and two young children were in the house when the incident began, authorities said, but they escaped without injury.

Police closed off the block of Rogers Street between East High and East St. Mary streets for hours during the standoff. The Gathering Place senior center, which is nearby, also was locked down, Layber said.

The block was packed with law enforcement cars and SUVs as well as trailers for the Rock County SWAT team and an emergency command center.

SWAT team members in military fatigues carrying assault rifles and shields could be seen walking up and down Rogers Street during the standoff.

Authorities will recommend charging Usher with disorderly conduct/domestic violence, false imprisonment, failure to comply with a police order and two drug offenses, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Usher pleaded no contest to two felony drug charges in 2001, according to court records. Someone took out a temporary restraining order against him for domestic violence in 2010.

Last updated: 8:16 am Monday, April 29, 2013

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