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Sheriff: Both suspects caught in Dane Co. chase in which shots were fired at deputies

Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 2:58 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2020 at 1:21 PM CDT
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DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) - Both suspects have been captured Tuesday morning in connection to an overnight search that stemmed from a traffic stop and pursuit, during which shots were reportedly fired at deputies, according to the Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the incident started around 11:30 p.m. in the town of Pleasant Springs when a deputy initiated a traffic stop on County Highway N near Koshkonong Road. The deputy said when they made contact with the man and woman in the car, they drove away and started a chase, firing multiple shots at law enforcement during the pursuit.

The Sheriff’s Office says they recovered several shell casings along the highway, just north of I-90. An airsoft gun was also found in the suspects’ vehicle.

The car came to a stop in Cottage Grove after stop sticks were used. That’s when authorities said the pair ran away into a wooded area.

A tweet from Dane County Emergency Management early Tuesday morning said that authorities are “attempting to locate two armed/dangerous subjects.” They encouraged people to lock their doors and stay inside.

Around 5:30 a.m., the Dane County Sheriff’s Office shared that while authorities are still active in the area, the search has been “exhausted,” and that they no longer believe there’s danger to anyone in the area and it is no longer necessary to shelter in place.

Approximately two hours later, they announced the capture of the male suspect, identifying him as Michael D. Parks. The Sheriff’s Office said he was found in the 200 block of Windham Hill. A witness told NBC15′s Amelia Jones that he was found on the witness’ deck. The witness added that the man didn’t have any shoes on, appeared to be very cold and went with police peacefully.

The 38-year-old Parks was taken to a local hospital before being booked into the Dane Co. jail for an active parole warrant.

The Sheriff’s Office announced around 9 a.m. that the other suspect, identified as Amber Viring, was located and taken into custody. The 30-year-old Mauston woman was booked into the Dane Co. jail on a single count of eluding and resisting.

The Sheriff’s Office noted that more charges are expected against both of them.

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