Beloit school lockdown lifted after police arrest man nearby

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BELOIT, Wis. (WMTV)---- Authorities have caught a man who had several felony warrants out for his arrest near a Beloit middle school. The school went on lockdown for several hours during the incident.

Rock County Dispatch said officers were trying to arrest the man near Bayliss Ave. and Dewey Ave. which is just a couple blocks north of Merrill Elementary School.

The School District of Beloit confirmed that Merrill Elementary School did go on lockdown.

Sarah Millard, Director Of Strategic Communications at City of Beloit, told NBC15 that this incident is not related to the homicide Monday night.

They encountered Walter Kolak who was in a verbal fight with neighbors, and then learned he had several warrants out for his arrest. Kolak then refused arrest from the officers, which prompted Beloit Police to call for backup from the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Around 3 p.m., there was further assistance requested from the S.W.A.T. and Negotiation teams.

Around 4:07, Kolak was arrested.