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UPDATE: Eau Claire police identify man who died in Water St standoff

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire police have identified the man behind a more than 12-hour standoff on Tuesday in Eau Claire.

According to the Eau Claire Police Department, Za Vue, 43 died of smoke inhalation inside the BMO Harris Bank building on Water Street.

The Eau Claire Police Department said officers responded to the bank around 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday and found broken glass. When police went into the building they said they were met by Vue, who sprayed a fire extinguisher at them. He then barricaded himself in a utility closet. Police stayed in the building for about an hour trying to speak to him through the door, before they had to back out of the building because of heavy smoke. Police said Vue started a fire inside the building. That fire gave off a lot of smoke, not allowing officers to re-enter the building for several hours, so they set up a perimeter around Water Street.

Police tried to communicate with Vue for several hours, but he refused and shut off power to the building. They also knew Vue had access to a gun inside the building.

Police said once the smoke cleared, they found Vue dead in a utility closet.

Related Story: Vue faces three misdemeanors

As News 18 reported on Tuesday, Vue faced three charges after allegedly spraying people with fire extinguishers on June 1. Vue told police the "white dragon" was coming to get him and later made a comment he was using meth. 


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Eau Claire (WQOW) -
 Eau Claire police said the suspect in a standoff at BMO Harris Bank on Water Street in Eau Claire has been found dead.

Police released the update around 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 12 hours after the incident began.

 



Police said they are still investigating the cause of death. When asked if they found any weapons on the man, Officer Bridget Coit told News 18 she could not comment.

The Eau Claire Police Department says officers responded to a burglary alarm 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday. When police went into the building they were met by a suspect who resisted arrest.

"Once they exited and more information was gathered about the building and the situation, along with the fire that he had started, we learned there was access to firearms within the building," said Officer Bridget Coit, with the Eau Claire Police Dept. 

They then set up a perimeter and closed off a portion of Water St. The UW-Eau Claire Human Sciences and Services building and parking lot was closed. Students were sent a notice not to come to class Tuesday morning.

Police said they are still unsure of the motive behind the incident. Police said the suspect started a fire inside the building early Tuesday morning, and the smoke from that fire caused issues for officers Tuesday afternoon.

"It prohibited us from resolving the situation faster due to difficult conditions it made inside of the building -- in order to clear it and successfully locate the suspect," said Coit.

Police said once the smoke cleared, they found the suspect, dead. Police said they were still determining the identity of the suspect. An investigation into the cause of death and their motive is ongoing.

Police anticipate their investigation of the scene will go through the night. When asked if businesses will be able to reopen in the morning, Coit told News 18 it will depend on the length of the investigation.
 


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Eau Claire (WQOW) -
Eau Claire police told News 18 police have re-entered the BMO Harris Bank building to search for a suspect behind a day-long standoff on Water Street in Eau Claire.

The suspect started a fire inside the building early Tuesday morning, and the smoke from that fire caused issues for officers Tuesday afternoon. They could not go back inside the building to search for several hours.


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Eau Claire (WQOW) -
Eau Claire police told News 18 they are still working to reach a suspect inside the BMO Harris Bank building on Water Street.

The suspect started a fire inside the building early Tuesday morning, and the smoke from that fire is causing issues for officers Tuesday afternoon. They cannot go back inside the building because of the smoke.

"Once the officers got inside the building, we realized the fire was not contained as much as we thought that it was," said Eau Claire Police Lt. Derek Thomas. "So, after awhile, we had to exit the building for safety precautions of the heat and the fire was expanding."

Thomas told News 18 they were not able to search as much of the bank as they had hoped and were not able to find where the suspect was inside the building.

Police told News 18 they have not spoken to the suspect in hours, and do not know his condition.

"I have absolutely no idea about the suspect," said officer Bridget Coit. "We don't have any type of verbal contact with the suspect, so right now, that is still unknown.


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Eau Claire (WQOW)
- Officers have entered the BMO Harris Bank building on Water Street.

The Eau Claire Police Department says officers responded to a burglary alarm 6:30 Tuesday morning. When police went into the building they were met by a suspect who resisted arrest.

Police are using CS gas to try to get the suspect out. They also sent a robot into the building.

UW-Eau Claire Assistant Chancellor Mike Rindo told News 18 the Human Sciences and Services building and parking lot is closed. Students were sent a notice not to come to class Tuesday morning.

Approximately 80 students live at Aspenson Mogensen Hall on Water Street during the summer. Those students are told to shelter in place. If they do need to leave, there is a police escort at the back entrance.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire police have surrounded a BMO Harris Bank building on the 300 block of Water Street in Eau Claire.

According to Eau Claire police, they responded to a burglary alarm 6:30 Tuesday morning. When police went into the building they were met by a suspect who resisted arrest.

At some point during the situation, a fire was started, but police say that fire has been put out.

Police said the man is not coming out of the building, and he has access to multiple guns.

A News 18 reporter on scene said the SWAT Team has arrived and is beginning negotiations with the suspect. Police are using CS gas to try and get the suspect out. They also sent a robot into the building.

Police are asking you to avoid this area.

News 18 will update this developing story.

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