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Police, SWAT respond to standoff

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Gazette Staff
December 24, 2007
— A four-hour standoff ended peacefully in Janesville on Saturday night.

Police responded to a call at 5:50 p.m. to 2126 S. Pearl St. for report of an intoxicated man at the home with a loaded handgun, according to a news release from the Janesville Police Department.


The man, Anthony J. Cynova, 47, lives at the home with his mother, Anna Mae Cynova, said Lt. Keith Lawver with the department.


Upon arrival, police met with the mother, who turned over one handgun, the release said. She told police there were at least two more handguns inside.


Officers spoke with Anthony Cynova by phone, but he refused to come out of the house, the release said.


A relative of Cynova, who was not at the house at the time, initially called police to tell them Cynova was intoxicated and had his guns out, Lawver said. Cynova was not threatening violence, Lawver said.


Cynova surrendered to police and a Janesville SWAT team around 10 p.m., the release said. He was arrested on a charge of failure to comply with officers, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct while armed.


Lawver said he couldn’t comment on Cynova’s history. A search of his criminal history on Wisconsin online court records returned no results.



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