Madison man faces multiple felony charges after shooting, leading police on chase

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — A Madison man is facing multiple felony charges after leading police on a chase early Thursday morning.

Thirty-one-year-old Ronnie Ballard fired a handgun at his girlfriend’s home after getting into an argument shortly after 3 a.m. According to Sun Prairie police, Ballard took off in her car without her permission, leading police on a high-risk chase. Police say Ballard’s girlfriend was not injured but could not comment on where the bullet hit in the home.

When Ballard eventually pulled the car over off the Westbound I-90 off ramp in the Town of Vienna just off County Highway V, Ballard screamed out of the window, threatening that he’d harm himself if they came toward him.

After about an hour, Ballard surrendered the keys and his handgun. Police said they were able to arrest him with no further issues.

Lieutenant Kevin Konopacki with the Sun Prairie Police Department said he’s thankful no one was injured.

“We’ve got to have eyes on that person the whole time making sure what he’s going to do with that gun,” Konopacki said. “Thank god he didn’t shoot himself and thank god he didn’t turn it on any of our officers. He put the gun down and it ended in a very peaceful situation with nobody hurt or injured.”

Ballard is facing tentative charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, one count of burglary, one count of felon in possession of a firearm, one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, one count of felony eluding and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

Ballard also has an extensive criminal history in the Wisconsin court system including prior possession of cocaine, theft and damage to property.