Police, SWAT respond to report of person with gun threatening woman on Madison’s east side

Madison police are searching for a suspect after a man allegedly threatened a woman with a gun while in a car with their child. He ran out of the car and into their apartment on East Wilson Street while armed.

Madison police and the city’s SWAT team responded to the report on Madison’s east side between South Ingersoll Street and South Few Street.

Officials called for the man to exit the building with hands empty and in the air. They used robots to ensure the area was clear.

“Exit the apartment into the hallway with your hands empty and visible.” pic.twitter.com/E7nMC9rFMs

— Gabriella Bachara (@GabbyBachara) November 22, 2019

“It was determined he was not in the apartment,” police spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. “At this point, he is still at large, and we have probable cause to arrest him for second-degree of reckless (endangerment).”

DeSpain said a woman called police at 8:42 a.m. to report she was threatened by a man. Police said there was enough time between the report and when officers arrived that it’s possible the person could have left the apartment.

Officials say the victim and child are safe.

The scene was cleared just before 1 p.m. No one was arrested.

The Marquette Neighborhood Association posted an image on is Facebook page at 9:41 a.m. of multiple Madison police cars positioned on the Capitol City bike path and advised residents to avoid the 1000 block Friday morning.

The Working Draft Beer Co., 1129 East Wilson Street, said on its Facebook page Friday morning that it was temporarily closed “until a police situation nearby is resolved.”

Working Draft said at 10:51 a.m. that all street access to the business was closed.

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