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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (TH MEDIA) -

UPDATE:

Platteville Police Chief Doug McKinley has identified one person arrested after police responded to a possible hostage situation this afternoon. 

Douglas Forbes Jr., 23, will face domestic violence charges, McKinley said. 

McKinley said Platteville police responded to a reported domestic violence incident that "morphed into a barricaded subject."

Two people were detained at the scene, but the second person was released, McKinley said. 

UPDATE:

A neighbor said she saw police in full tactical gear use a battering ram to break down a door in a residential Platteville neighborhood. 

Amber Droessler said she returned to her Furnace Street home after she got off work. She said multiple police were at a nearby home at 175 Water St.

"When I pulled up there was probably like five SWAT police officers on one side of the building, a few around the garage," Droessler said. "They started blocking off the street with the fire department."

Officers used a battering ram to break down the door, Droessler said. 

"The SWAT all went inside," she said. "You could hear some yelling, but you didn't hear anything after that."

UPDATE

At 3 p.m., Platteville Police Chief Doug McKinley said two people have been arrested and an 8-month-old was successfully recovered.

"It was the beginnings of a hostage situation," he said.

Scanner traffic indicates that nearby streets have reopened.

UPDATE

The City of Platteville announced on social media that Water Street north of Main Street and other nearby streets are blocked off "due to the police situation at Furnace Street and Water Street."

Platteville firefighters are blocking streets in the city. Several blocks inaccessible to vehicle traffic at this time.

UPDATE: 

ReNah Reuter, Platteville's director of student achievement, said students are safe and schools will be released at normal times. 

School officials were called by the Platteville Police Department around 1:30 p.m., recommending they go on exterior lockdown at Neal Wilkins Elementary School as well as the middle and high schools.

“We don’t know what it was, they didn’t tell us, but it is contained and we are allowed to dismiss at our regular time,” Reuter said.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Platteville High School, Platteville Middle School and Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center are on lockdown due to police activity in Platteville, according to an email from the school district.

The lockdown means all exterior doors are checked and monitored by a staff member, no students are allowed to leave the building or be outside, and only emergency personnel are allowed to enter the building.

All students are safe and following a normal schedule, and parents will be notified when the lockdown is lifted, according to the email.

Parents are asked not to contact the police department so that phones lines remain open.

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