Armed in the ready. A crisis response team surrounded a house southwest of Ontario, in north central Vernon County. Image: Vernon Couny sheriff

911 caller said “shots fired”; unknown if true

ONTARIO, Wis.  – Two persons, a man and a woman were taken into custody at a farm house in Hoff Valley 3-1/2 hours after a report of a shots being fired.  Police had established a perimeter after a 911 call about 8 a.m. The caller said “shots fired” before the call disconnected. Sheriff Roy Torgerson mobilized a team from Viroqua, the county seat 25 miles away, including an armored vehicle.  The sheriff said the couple inside, age 42 and 30, surrendered after negotiations defused the situation. There were no injuries, Torgerson said. He didn’t know for sure whether shots actually had been fired.