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Man in Sun Prairie police standoff identified


SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW)-- The man who caused a lockdown in a Sun Prairie neighborhood has been identified by police. 43-year-old Douglas Crossen was booked into the Dane County Jail on charges of felon possession of a firearm and intoxicated use of a firearm.    

Sun Prairie police were called to the 200 block of Bristol Street just after 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday to check on Crossen's welfare. Family members told police that he had locked himself inside his home and they were concerned he might be suicidal. Police were also warned about a rifle and handgun inside the home.

Dane County Court records show Crossen is currently going through a divorce. He also has two felonies on his record.

"He had just recently moved in so I don't know where he came from or anything about him," neighbor David McCutchin says.

McCutchin lives across the street and says Crossen moved into the neighborhood sometime over the last ten days. McCutchin and the rest of the neighborhood, along with two nearby schools, were locked down during the 5-hour police standoff.

At 5:30 p.m. McCutchin looked out his front window and saw Crossen walk out of his home wearing a large blanket draped over his head and shoulders.

"And he started walking towards his truck and the officer behind our walnut tree just took off after him," McCutchin says. "They had him down and handcuffed in just no time."

Sun Prairie Police say Crossen had no signs of injuries and did not have any weapons on him when he was arrested. He was interviewed by officers in Sun Prairie before being taken to the Dane County jail.

"This is the reason why we prepare for this, because people can speculate and say well, he hadn't talked since one o'clock. He's suicidal. He probably harmed himself and you need to get in there and take care of him. People might ask, what are you guys doing? Well, here's why and here's a great example of why, because he was still alive," Sun Prairie Police Lt. Kevin Konopacki says.

Four different law enforcement agencies including an armored vehicle, a K-9 unit and more than a dozen officers in full tactical gear were on scene Wednesday afternoon. Neighbors say they were frustrated by the lock down, but were happy with how the situation turned out.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Police have identified the man involved in a standoff Wednesday in Sun Prairie.

Officers say he is 43-year-old Douglas Crossen.

Crossen was taken into custody peacefully outside of the home on N. Bristol Street. He was taken to the Dane County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and intoxicated use of a firearm.

Police say all roads near the home have been reopened.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Sun Prairie police now say the man is in custody.

He was taken into custody just before 6 p.m. Officers began removing barricades to reopen streets shortly after that.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Sun Prairie police say they are trying to speak with a man who is holed up in a home in the 200 block of N. Bristol Street.

Officers were called to the scene around 12:10 p.m. Wednesday to check on the welfare of a 43-year-old man.

Police say the man was in contact with family members and contemplating suicide, and he had access to guns. They say as of about 3:50 p.m., officers had no communication with the man, but they are trying to reconnect with him.

Officers say they placed a reverse 911 call to neighbors, telling them to leave the area or stay inside their homes. Schools near the home were placed into a soft lockdown. They are now allowed to release students with instructions to avoid the area of N. Bristol Street/Windsor Street.

Police say the following intersections are blocked off:

  • N. Bristol St. & Cliff St.
  • N. Bristol St. & Oak St.
  • Windsor St. & North St.


UPDATE (WKOW) --- Sun Prairie Police received a call about a distressed man, possibly suicidal.

Family told police he has a rifle and a handgun and police say that is why they closed down the area.

Police believe the man is the only person inside.

They did have contact over the phone with the man, however he is no longer talking to police at this hour.

The daycare and other schools have been told to release children on time.

A parent from the school district sent us an email she got from the school today.

It reads:

Parents and guardians,

As you may have heard, there is a police situation that has caused some 4K sites to go into a lockdown situation. We have been working closely with the police as the afternoon has progressed, especially as it came closer to dismissal time.

All of our bus routes will be operating as planned and on time. Eastside and Northside are holding their students who would be walking in that area until it is safe or until they can be escorted past the area where police are set up. We will keep you posted if there is any more information to report.

We will continue to update you on this story as we find out more.


UPDATE (WKOW) --- Highway 19 at Bristol Street is closed in both directions as police block off the area for a situation.

Sun Prairie Police say more information will soon be on the way.

Stay here on to find out more as we hear it.


UPDATE (WKOW) --- Peace Lutheran School on Windsor Street is on lockdown after police told them they have closed the area for a standoff.

The school is notifying parents now.

Ginger Bread House on Bristol Street is also on lockdown.

We will continue to update you as we hear more.

Police tell us they are preparing to release more information coming soon.


SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW ) --- Sun Prairie Police are on the scene of a "situation" on Bristol Street between Cliff Street and Windsor Street.

Police will not release any other information at this time.

We are headed to the scene and will keep you updated here on

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