Shots fired at Madison man attempting to enter home, officials say

Shots fired at Madison man attempting to enter home, officials say

Sauk County officials responded to a shots fired incident early Saturday morning in the area of Fox Hill Court in the Town of Delton, according to a press release.

The release said that a homeowner reported to the Communications Center that a male suspect had attempted to forcibly enter his home. The homeowner responded by discharging a firearm and told Communications that he may have shot the suspect.

The suspect, Richard John Szarfinski, 41, of Madison, was staying at a nearby residence, where he had lacerated his hand, officials said. Szarfinski then left the residence through a window and traveled to the caller’s nearby home.

The caller spotted Szarfinski on the rear deck of his home, where he attempted to enter the home. The caller armed himself and confronted the suspect, officials said.

According to the release, the caller told Communications that he fired the handgun to send “warning shots,” causing Szarfinski to flee the area.

Officials later determined that blood at the caller’s residence was a result of the initial laceration, not a gunshot.

A neighbor then found Szarfinski rummaging through a vehicle at his residence and brought him to officials.

According to the release, Szarfinski appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was treated at the scene for his hand injury.

Officials said Szarfinski was arrested for an outstanding felony arrest warrant, with criminal charges related to this incident yet to be determined.

The homeowner is not being identified at this time, and the incident remains under investigation.