Marshfield Police Chief speaks on March 8 lockdowns
By Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Police Department responded to two gun-related incidents on March 8 that put lockdowns on three schools, a daycare center and the medical complex.
Police Chief Rick Gramza said his officers were first called shortly before 11 a.m. to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of East Blodgett Street, near the Pickle Pond Outdoor Ice Rink, where a female reported having the back window of her vehicle smashed in by a man with a gun.
Officers responded, and the male subject surrendered peacefully at 11:25 a.m. The man told police he owns a gun, but did not have it with him, and that he broke the woman’s car window with his fist. Cuts on his wrist and hand were consistent with his story.
Chief Gramza explains:
As a precaution, Madison Elementary, Marshfield High School, and the Tiny Tiger Daycare Center just a few blocks to the north were all placed on a soft lockdown during the incident.
While police responded to that incident, Gramza said officers were called to the Marshfield Medical Center shortly after 11 a.m., where hospital security reported a male holding a gun while sitting in a parked vehicle. Police had also been told the man was seen entering the medical center with the gun.
Chief Gramza describes:
Officers from the Marshfield Police and Wood County Sheriff’s Departments made contact with the female owner of the vehicle, who said her adult son and husband both work at the medical center. The son admitted to playing with and handling the gun while in his vehicle on the medical complex campus. He could be facing disorderly conduct charges.
That incident prompted lockdowns of the medical center and the nearby Grant Elementary School.
Chief Gramza said the lockdowns were warranted:
Gramza says the incidents, and another gun-related lockdown of Marshfield schools on March First, are prime examples of reminding the public that if they see something, say something.
The incidents occurred simultaneously in the 11:00 hour and were quickly resolved. No one was hurt, and there was no real gun threat in either case.