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Police standoff in Rock County ends peacefully


Rock County (WKOW) -- Rock County authorities say they used a robot to help peacefully end a standoff at a home east of Afton Saturday afternoon.

Sgt. Aaron Burdick says the incident ended about 3:30 p.m. after deputies had been on the scene near the 800 block of Happy Hollow Road for about two hours.

He told Channel 27 News they believe the elderly man involved may have mental health issues. The call first came in as a shots fired incident with the man being in the home with his adult son.   

Deputies made contact with the son and he removed the rifle that had been fired from the house. Yet he also told officials other guns were still inside.

Sgt. Burdick says they tried to contact the elderly man in the home but because they didn't know his emotional state, called in SWAT officers to resolve the situation.  A robot was deployed to go inside.  

The elderly man was found man in a bedroom and received medical attention soon after because he'd injured himself from handling the rifle.  He was taken to the hospital.   

No other people were involved.  

Sgt. Burdick says they're still investigating what happened but don't believe it was a criminal incident and they're not pursuing it as such. 


UPDATE (WKOW) --  Rock County authorities say the standoff at a home east of Afton has ended and deputies are leaving the area.  We expect to have a statement from the sergeant on the scene shortly.


WKOW (MADISON) -- Officials have confirmed to Channel 27 News that a police standoff is happening in an area between Janesville and Beloit - east of Afton - at this hour.

Rock County Patrol Sgt.  Peter Falk says deputies responded to a call of gunfire heard around 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Happy Hollow Road.  

Sgt. Falk said he couldn't comment further on anything else about the call, but did confirm that the area is blocked off.  They're asking the public to stay away from the area. 

Officials are still on the scene as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

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