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UPDATE: Wisconsin hostage-takers sought shootout

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WITTENBURG (AP) -- Police say a Wisconsin man facing charge for using a .38-caliber revolver to take hostages at a McDonald's had just quit his job and was looking for a confrontation with officers.

Press-Gazette Media reports 28-year-old Travis Keiler told an employee he was having a bad day and was waiting for police.

Authorities say the 6-foot-4-inch, 300-pound Keiler told the employee he was taking over her shift before holding a manager hostage at gunpoint for an hour.

The criminal complaint also says Keiler told a negotiator during the two-hour standoff he believed police were following him.

Police lauded employees and others inside the building for keeping calm during the standoff. Keiler faces up to 50 years in prison.


WITTENBERG (WKOW) -- A man is in custody after holding a restaurant worker hostage in central Wisconsin.
The Shawano County Sheriff's Department says the 28-year old suspect had a gun when he went into a convenience store with an attached McDonald's in Wittenberg, east of Wausau.

Witnesses say he made everyone leave, except for one worker.
About an hour later, the man let the hostage go unharmed, then he surrendered.

No one was hurt.

Investigators say they aren't sure why this all happened.
They say the suspect and the hostage had no prior relationship.

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