Madison man arrested after hours-long standoff in Sun Prairie

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Sun Prairie police arrested a man on Saturday after an hours-long standoff who they said threatened his mother and officers.

Police said that, on Friday, the man entered his mother’s apartment in the 50 block of Park Circle, threatened her, and demanded money. He did not live in that apartment.

On Saturday, just after 1 p.m., officers tried to enter the apartment to make sure the man had left and his mother could return home. However, as they entered, police said the 38-year-old appeared with a knife in his hand and told officers that they would have to shoot him.

The building was evacuated as police and Dane County Sheriff’s Office personnel began negotiating with the man. The standoff lasted about four hours, and police said that the man refused to negotiate over the phone.

Both doors used to enter the apartment had allegedly been barricaded, but officers were able to get inside. Upon entering, the man allegedly swung a knife at the officers. Police used pepper spray and bean bag munitions against him.

After another half hour of talks, police said he dropped the knife and was taken into custody. He was taken to a local hospital. Several officers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The man faces charges of disorderly conduct, six counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, two counts of felony bail jumping, failure to comply, criminal damage to property and theft.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and police said that additional charges may be added.

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