On Monday, March 3 at 10:33 a.m. a 911 call was received by Lafayette County Sheriff’s dispatchers with a caller reporting that her ex-husband had entered her home in the village of South Wayne and threatened her by holding a handgun to her head, said a press release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.
The male, identified as Theodore A. Bauer, 36, of South Wayne, then reportedly left the residence and his means and direction of travel were unknown. Sheriff’s deputies from Lafayette and Green Counties along with Shullsburg Police and Wisconsin State Patrol Troopers responded to South Wayne to assist, according to the press release.
Dispatchers also contacted Black Hawk School staff to request the school go into lock-down as a precaution since the complainant lives within one block of the school.
Contact with Bauer was made at his residence located in the 3000 block of Fritzges Rd. in Wayne Township. The suspect surrendered after a brief negotiation with officers while in the driveway of his home where he was taken into custody by Lafayette County deputies and a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper.
The suspect did not have a firearm on his person at the time he was taken into custody and he is currently being held at the Lafayette County Jail.
Lafayette County detectives are continuing to investigate the situation. The Black Hawk School was notified shortly after the suspect was taken into custody and the school returned to normal activities.
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department said that the investigation is ongoing and that anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 776-4870 and speak with either Sheriff Scott Pedley or a detective.