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UPDATE: Sword-wielding suspect pronounced dead after standoff


MADISON (WKOW) -- An eviction turned deadly Friday night. The 43-year-old man involved in a standoff Friday has been pronounced dead, according to Madison Police.

At about 9:00 p.m., the man came out of his home on Rockefeller Lane. Police say officers tried to talk to the suspect, but the man responded by pulling out a large sword and charging at police. Officers fired bean bag rounds; however, they switched to deadly force -- firing multiple rounds -- when the man charged a second time.  

Officers performed CCR; however, the man was pronounced dead after he was taken to a hospital.

This comes after police were first called to home on the 900 block of Rockefeller Lane at approximately 11 a.m. Friday to assist the Dane County Sheriff's Department with an eviction. The man refused to leave, and the standoff ensued. Authorities withdrew after several hours after they determined the man was not a threat, though they left some officers on scene.

Police have not identified the man. They continue to monitor the neighborhood of the attempted eviction.

MPD spokesman Joel DeSpain says three officers are now on administrative leave, which is standard for an officer-involved shooting.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A standoff on Madison's east side ended Friday night when officers shot the man who kept officers at bay.

Multiple witnesses tell 27 News that the 43-year-old man came out of his home on Rockefeller Lane to walk his dog and he was carrying a sword. They say police officers asked him to put down the sword, but he would not do it. Witnesses say the man later charged at officers and he was shot. Witnesses reported hearing multiple shots. There is no word on whether the man was hit with bullets or less lethal bean bag rounds.

After that, officers began chest compressions on the man and then loaded him into an ambulance.

Police were called to the home on the 900 block of Rockefeller Lane around 11 a.m. Friday to help the Dane County Sheriff's Department with an eviction. The man refused to leave the home, leading to the standoff. After several hours, authorities determined the man was not a threat so they withdrew their forces, leaving some officers on scene.

Police have not identified the man or commented on his health status.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Police withdrew from the scene after a standoff on the city's east side that lasted several hours.

An officer tells 27 News they do not believe the man who barricaded inside the home at 947 Rockefeller Lane is a threat at this point.

Madison and Dane County officers have been at the scene since Friday morning, when police say a man barricaded himself inside the home after Dane County Sheriff's deputies arrived to help evict him.

"I think we have someone who has a lot of stress going on in their life today, a struggle with some issues in the past so this is a very stressful day for this individual," Madison Police Spokesman Joel DeSpain says.

Negotiators could be heard at various times today speaking through a public address system, trying to convince the man to come out and surrender.

Neighbors say the 43-year-old inside the home has weapons and has acted volatile toward them in the past. "It's scary because I have children and I don't know what his actions are gunna be," neighbor Patricia Hernandez says.

Police say the County did have some indication this man would not leave his home easily. That certainly was the case.


WKOW Channel 27 is on the scene of a standoff at 947 Rockefeller Lane in east Madison.

Reporter Danielle Lama says police have completely blocked off Kim Lane, which turns into Rockefeller. Madison and Dane County officers are at the scene.

Madison police tell 27 News a man barricaded himself in the home this morning when Dane County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to assist in a forced eviction and that Madison police came to assist.

Multiple neighbors have told reporter Danielle Lama they believe the man has weapons in the home.

Lama reports this morning she could hear authorities speaking to the man through a public address system, asking him to come out. Police have told her they are focused on resolving the situation peacefully and protecting the neighborhood.

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