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Report: Hostage-taker wanted confrontation with police

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WITTENBERG, Wis (WSAU-Metro)  Police in Shawano County say the man who took a hostage at a McDonald's restaurant in Wittenberg this week wanted a police confrontation. Travis Keiler faces a felony charge of taking a hostage by use of a deadly weapon. The standoff ended peacefully after about an hour.

Shawano County Sheriff Randall Wright said Keiler wanted a confrontation with police, but the negotiator who helped end the hostage situation noted the suspect was not trying to be shot by officers.

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