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Charges expected this week against gunman in Wittenberg hostage situation

SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - Shawano County prosecutors are expected to file charges by the end of the week against a man arrested for holding a McDonald's manager hostage.  

The 28-year-old suspect from Gillett was sent to jail after he was checked out at a mental health center.

Authorities said he had symptoms of severe depression during Tuesday's incident at a combined Mickey-D's and Shell gas station in Wittenberg.

The man reportedly allowed everyone else to leave before he held the 26-year-old restaurant manager at gunpoint for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon. The male hostage was let go without injury, and officials said the suspect surrendered an hour later after negotiations with officers.  

He did not ask for money from the store, and there's no apparent relationship between the gunman and the hostage.  

Online court records showed that the man only had previous traffic offenses on his record -- including first-time OWI and driving with a revoked license.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)