Person of interest in Madison shooting arrested after standoff, house fire

Person of interest in Madison shooting arrested after standoff, house fire
Patrick DePula

A person of interest was pulled from a burning home in Monona Thursday morning following several hours of police standoff, officials said.

A tactical team was at the home in the 5600 block of Tecumseh Avenue Wednesday night attempting to arrest 42-year-old Edward Matthews, police said.

Madison police Lt. Kelly Donahue said officers were outside the home starting around 5 p.m.

Authorities had blocked off a portion of Tecumesh Avenue while officers attempted to communicate with the person.

Matthews is a person of interest in a shooting on Madison’s east side and was believed to be the only person inside the residence, according to a release from Monona police.

Around 12:40 a.m. the tactical team attempted to enter the home, and shortly after that they could see a fire inside the residence, officials said. Around 1:15 a.m., Matthews was seen holding a gun and threatened to shoot officers. Matthews surrendered to officers around 2 a.m.

Monona fire crews remained on scene to finish putting out the fire.

Tecumseh Avenue was closed to traffic until around 6:45 a.m.