On Tuesday, June 24, at 3:38 p.m. Rhinelander police officers responded to the 640 Pelican Street regarding a 50-year-old male subject who was alleged to be armed with a 9 mm handgun, intoxicated, suicidal and in a residence at that location.
Rhinelander officers subsequently requested assistance from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office for both deputies and the Special Response Team. The SRT Team was requested to assist in establishing communications with the subject by approaching the residence with a tactical vehicle, as the subject would not communicate with law enforcement.
Eventually communication was established and a negotiator communicated with the subject in order to get him to come out of the house unarmed. After more than six hours of negotiations and use of chemical agents by the SRT Team, the subject finally came out of the residence and was taken into custody without incident at 10:16 p.m.
The subject, later identified as Mathew Carlson, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for medical evaluation and detoxification.
The Rhinelander Police department is continuing an investigation into this event and is expecting to refer charges to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office related to the actions of Carlson. The firearm used by Carlson has been taken into custody by the Rhinelander Police Department.