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Gillett man involved in McDonald's standoff pleads not guilty

Wittenberg hostage incident 4/22/14, SWAT on scene right after arrest of suspect.
Wittenberg hostage incident 4/22/14, SWAT on scene right after arrest of suspect.

SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - A man accused of holding a McDonald's manager hostage in Wittenberg has pleaded not guilty, after he was found mentally competent to stand trial.

29-year-old Travis Keiler of Gillett surrendered after a two-hour long standoff April 22nd at a combined McDonald's and Shell gas station off Highway 29.

Keiler is charged with in Shawano County with taking hostages, failing to comply with officers, disorderly conduct, and illegally carrying a concealed weapon. His next court date has not been set.

Keiler told officers he had just quit a job in De Pere, and was driving around with a stolen gun before stopping in Wittenberg.

At the time of the incident, officials said Keiler wanted to get into a confrontation with police -- and he gave others a chance to leave before holding the McDonald's manager hostage for an hour. Nobody was hurt.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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