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Man killed in Rice Lake explosion

17 January 2017
Man killed in Rice Lake explosion

The building was a complete loss after the explosion and fire, the Rice Lake Police Department reported.

One of four Rice Lake police officers who responded to the call received an eye injury from flying glass.

The suspect, 44-year-old Joseph Zunker, was dead at the scene, police said Monday.

Authorities said officers were called to the complex on South Main Street in the Northwestern Wisconsin community just after 11 p.m. on "a 911 call from an upset male subject who stated he had a bomb". Officers who arrived heard yelling from inside his apartment and threats to blow up everyone in the building. Officers tried to make contact with the man, but he set off the explosion. Zunker's body was found inside his apartment.

According to Captain Tracy Hom, with the Rice Lake Police Department, they are not releasing any names at this time, but he could confirm that the man killed was born in 1972. No neighboring buildings were affected by the explosion and fire, Hom said.

Zunker received a serious head injury in March when he was struck by a pickup truck while riding a motorized bike in a Rice Lake parking lot, according to police.

Authorities did not immediately release information on what was used to cause the explosion.