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Town of Madison PD searching for suspect who collided with police cruiser after shots fired call

Town of Madison video footage of suspect vehicle colliding with a police cruiser on Monday,...
Town of Madison video footage of suspect vehicle colliding with a police cruiser on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.(Town of Madison Police Dept. via YouTube)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 10:40 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT
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TOWN OF MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A stolen vehicle struck a Town of Madison police cruiser early Monday morning after multiple law enforcement agencies established a perimeter around S. Sunnyvale Lane. The cruiser and multiple other police vehicles had been guarding escape routes shortly after 5 a.m. following reports of gunfire coming from a white vehicle.

The police department released video footage of the incident. It showed the suspect’s vehicle trying to swerve around the police cruiser, but still hitting it. Two suspects then abandoned the car and took off on foot. Police chased them briefly the video showed, but they managed to elude them. A K-9 unit also searched the area to no avail.

Returning to the vehicle, which had been reported stolen in Janesville, investigators allegedly found a loaded Ruger 10—22 long rifle. Additionally, they spotted two loaded 9mm magazines and believe the suspect could still have a 9mm firearm on him. Officers reported locating .22 caliber rifle shell casings near where the gunfire was originally reported.

Around 10 a.m., the police department were called about two people sleeping in a community room at a building on Novation Pkwy. The caller said they may be homeless and wanted officers to help get them to leave. Investigators determined the two people may be the ones involved in the earlier incidents and responded, along with members of the Fitchburg Police Dept.

Again, both suspects tried running away - only, this time, one of them didn’t make it far. Officers managed to catch up to a 17-year-old who lives in Janesville and took him to the Dane Co. jail where he was booked on several charges, including operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, two counts of obstructing, and possession of a dangerous weapon. His name was not released.

The other individual managed to escape.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Town of Madison Police Dept. at 608-210-7262 or the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. Online tips can be left at p3tips.com.

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