Beloit residents asked to avoid area of domestic standoff, police say

Officers outside home for hours Wednesday
Beloit residents asked to avoid area of domestic standoff, police say

Police have asked residents to avoid two blocks as officers work on resolving a domestic incident in Rock County that has been ongoing since 8:30 a.m.

A man pointed a gun at his girlfriend Wednesday morning, and the police are now waiting for him to leave the house, Beloit police Chief David Zibolski said.

The 2000 block of St. Lawrence Avenue is blocked off, according to officials, and people who live in that area have been asked to stay inside their homes.

“Obviously this has been much longer than they anticipated,” Zibolski said. “We appreciate the community’s patience.”

Officers have spoken with the man inside over the phone and they believe he is the only person inside the house, Zibolski said.

Beloit residents asked to avoid area of domestic standoff, police say

Police plan to stay until the incident is resolved. Zibolski says the ideal resolution would be for the man to come outside of the house on his own.

“When you have people that are under stress, who don’t want to be arrested, who have had bad contacts with police before, for us to go in a very forcible posture, is probably going to lead to a bad outcome,” Zibolski said. “We’re trying everything that we can to get him out without having to go in and extract him and cause him any harm.”

Residents have also been asked not to record the ongoing tactical operations because it might give away the position of officers, Zibolski said.

The Janesville and Beloit SWAT teams are working together on the incident so officers can rotate out and get rest. Zibolski said there was at least 30 personnel responding to the scene.

“After so many hours, you can imagine standing, in a sense, on guard: looking, waiting for something to happen, the fatigue toll on the officers is a little greater than normal,” he said. “So we have to monitor that.”

Zibolski said police are “proceeding with caution” based on information the man’s girlfriend told them and other information they’ve learned during the incident.

“We’re trying to take the safest approach possible,” he said.

Even though the officers hope the man comes out on his own, Zibolski said it is possible that the officers will have to enter the home and remove the man. That depends, however, on how the situation is developing.

“We have a very progressive stance in terms of trying to negotiate a person out before we have to use elevated force,” Zibolski said. “We just try to take our time.”

Beloit residents asked to avoid area of domestic standoff, police say