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Man arrested after standoff

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Gazette Staff
April 18, 2008
— No one was injured after an armed and intoxicated man threatened to kill his two roommates, sheriff’s deputies and himself early this morning, according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.

Richard W. Holmbeck, 47, of 8137 S. Schroeder Road, Beloit, was arrested on charges of endangering safety and domestic disorderly conduct while armed.


Sheriff’s deputies, as well as officers from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Clinton, town of Beloit and city of Beloit responded to the home at about 3 a.m. and secured a perimeter. While responding, authorities learned Holmbeck was in possession of a handgun and an M1 military rifle.


According to the sheriff’s department:


Two female roommates safely escaped the home after Holmbeck exited and walked toward a barn on the property.


The Rock County SWAT team and negotiators arrived, and at 4:28 a.m., Holmbeck pointed a .44-caliber Magnum revolver in the direction of deputies and began dry firing the handgun.


Holmbeck was taken into custody after being forced to the ground.



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