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Menasha police arrest man armed with blowtorch

Police squad car graphic.
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MENASHA, WI (WTAQ) - A man is arrested after arming himself with a blowtorch and starting to light fires inside his Menasha home.

Police were called to a home on Dakota Grove on the city's southeast side around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities say a woman had called them, saying her estranged husband sounded, "psychotic and he may hurt someone."

Officers arrived and they say the man appeared to calm down, but then went back into the house and locked the door behind him. The officers said he would then only growl and stare at them.

As more officers arrived, cops say the man grabbed a blowtorch and started lighting things on fire. As smoke filled the house, officers went in to try to arrest the man and give him aid. They fired a round of bean bags at him, but he went into a bathroom. He then came out of the bathroom armed with the blowtorch, police say. At that point, they fired a Taser stun gun at him and then arrested him.

An ambulance crew helped the man, who was not hurt; meanwhile, firefighters went in to put out fires and ventilate the house.

The man was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. His name was not released.

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