Two men jailed in alleged burglary attempt, barricading, in Jackson County

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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WKBT) — Two Wisconsin men are in the Jackson County Jail in connection with a burglary attempt in which the suspects also barricaded themselves in the business.

Jailed on burglary allegations are 27-year-old Jacob A. Ruetten of Elroy and 36-year-old Joseph B. Hodge of Wonewoc, according to a news release from the Jackson sheriff’s office.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report shortly after 5:15 a.m. Monday that a burglary was in progress at the Buck Stops Here Saloon and Grill at W6563 U.S. Hwy. 12 in the town of Millston.

Jackson County deputies who responded, along with personnel from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol, saw two men inside the business who appeared to be barricading the entrances, the release said.

Deputies attempted to negotiate with the men, but they refused to exit the building. Negotiations continued while members of the Jackson County Emergency Response Team and the La Crosse County Emergency Response Team responded to assist.

After about five hours of negotiations and de-escalation attempts, members of the Jackson County ERT and K9 Unit entered the business and found evidence that the suspects were hiding in the attic, according to the release.

Chemical munitions were introduced into the attic, and the men were taken into custody without further incident, the release said.

Jackson sheriff’s officials believe the incident may be connected to other burglaries in the area, according to the release, which said the investigation continues.

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