Sheriff: Both armed, dangerous suspects in Cottage Grove shooting, chase with law enforcement are in custody

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MADISON, Wis. — Both suspects whom police described as armed and dangerous and were the subjects of a manhunt in Cottage Grove on Tuesday morning were taken into custody, officials said.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said two people were arrested several hours after shooting at police during a chase. Law enforcement officers found the man in a wooded area north of the Hydrite Chemical Co. on North Main Street before 7:30 a.m.

The sheriff’s office said just before 9 a.m. that the woman was also in custody. A witness told News 3 Now that she walked up looking disheveled from a wooded area and turned herself in.

The sheriff’s office said 38-year-old Michael D. Parks and 30-year-old Amber R. Virgnig were taken to the Dane County Jail.



The sheriff’s office said the incident started as a traffic stop in the town of Pleasant Springs at about 11:23 p.m. Monday. After a deputy stopped them, the two drove north on County Road N and fired multiple rounds from a gun while authorities chased them.

Stop sticks were used to stop their car in Cottage Grove, and the two ran off into the woods nearby.

No injuries were reported.

At about 2:45 a.m., officials asked residents to shelter in place. The sheriff’s office said at about 5:30 a.m. that it no longer believed there to be danger to people in the area and the shelter-in-place alert was lifted.

Anyone with information regarding the crime or the suspects is asked to call the non-emergency line at 608-255-2345, or the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.