Whitewater man faces multiple charges following domestic incident

A 40-year-old Whitewater man faces multiple charges following a domestic incident in Whitewater Oct. 29 that led to a high-speed police chase in Rock County, according to a news release issued jointly by the Whitewater Police Department and Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Larry M. Shannon, who faces charges that include three counts of attempted first degree homicide, false imprisonment and recklessly endangering safety, was arrested at gunpoint by Rock County Sheriff’s deputies after he fled the scene of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Whitewater.

Whitewater Police arrived at the Janesville Street home just before 4 p.m. in response to a rescue call concerning a child that had been cut during a domestic incident. The incident reportedly involved Shannon and several family members, including an adult female and three juveniles.

Prior to police arrival, Shannon had fled the scene with two children in his vehicle.

Police said two additional victims had fled the residence and were transported by the Whitewater Rescue Squad to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital for treatment of significant injuries sustained during the disturbance.

At approximately 4:28 p.m., a Rock County deputy located Shannon’s vehicle traveling westbound on County Road S (Shopiere Road) near the intersection of Creek Road. Efforts were made to stop the vehicle, and a pursuit with speeds in excess of 75 mph ensued in the City of Beloit.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said Shannon had made verbal threats about harming his juvenile passengers.

After efforts to use stop sticks were thwarted, officers successfully used a pursuit intervention technique to end the chase on Skyline Drive near Wren Drive in the City of Beloit.

Shannon was taken into custody and transported to Beloit Memorial Hospital for evaluation of injuries.

Shannon was expected to appear in Rock County Court on Oct. 31.

He faces charges in Rock County of recklessly endangering safety, fleeing to elude law enforcement, operating a vehicle with detectable amount of restricted controlled substance with a passenger under 16 years, operating after suspension, operating left of center, failure to stop at a stop sign, and violating a red light traffic signal.

Walworth County charges include three counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of false imprisonment.

The two children that were taken by the suspect were transported to a local hospital. The extent of their injuries remains unknown.

Rock County was assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, Beloit Township and City of Beloit Police Departments.

The Whitewater Police Department officers were assisted by members of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Police Services, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department, the Whitewater Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

The incident remains under investigation.




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