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Standoff suspect charged

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Gazette Staff
February 16, 2008
— A man accused in a four-hour standoff with the Walworth County SWAT team Feb. 3 was charged Friday with four misdemeanors.

Michael J. Panici, 33, of N1537 Overlook Drive, Genoa City, faces counts of criminal damage to property by using a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct with the use of a dangerous weapon, operating a firearm while intoxicated and bail jumping.


Police were called to the home by Panici’s live-in girlfriend after she reported a physical domestic dispute, according to the complaint.


Arriving officers heard two gunshots from inside the home.


The girlfriend’s son was in the basement while Panici was armed with a shotgun inside. The boy was safely pulled out of a window before the standoff ended.


Panici originally was arrested on suspicion of taking a hostage, according to jail records. The girlfriend told The Janesville Gazette she did not believe Panici knew her son was inside.


Police found two bullet holes inside the home, spent shotgun shells and two 12-gauge shotguns, according to the compliant.


Panici reportedly called a relative during the standoff and told him he was not going to leave the house alive.


The woman said Panici was intoxicated and started arguing with her after returning home from watching the Super Bowl.


Panici is due back in court Wednesday.



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