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Whitewater man facing attempted homicide charges

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AMES, ANN MARIE
October 31, 2012

— A Whitewater man faces attempted homicide charges along with numerous other charges after a domestic incident that turned into a police chase Monday night.

Larry M. Shannon, 40, Whitewater, is in custody at the Rock County Jail, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office and the Whitewater Police Department.

In Rock County, Shannon faces possible charges of recklessly endangering safety, fleeing, operating with a detectible amount of a controlled substance with a child in the car, operating after suspension, operating left of center, failure to stop and violating a traffic signal.

In Walworth County, Shannon faces three counts of attempted first-degree homicide and three counts of false imprisonment.

Here's what happened, according to the news release:

-- Before 4 p.m. Monday, two victims escaped a Whitewater home and were transported by ambulance to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital with significant injuries, according to the news release.

The two are in stable condition, Police Chief Lisa Otterbacher said.

Police are not releasing the names of the victims or the address of the incident because of "remaining safety concerns," Otterbacher said.

She said five victims were part of the incident.

-- Also before 4 p.m., Shannon fled the home with two juvenile passengers in his vehicle.

-- At 3:57 p.m., Whitewater police responded to a report that a child was cut during a domestic disturbance.

-- At 4:20 p.m., Rock County Communications Center dispatchers put out a call for deputies to watch for Shannon.

-- At 4:28 p.m., a deputy spotted Shannon near County S and Creek Road in the town of Turtle near Beloit. Police chased the vehicle at speeds up to 75 mph into Beloit. Officers from Beloit, the town of Beloit and the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted. Police used stop sticks, but Shannon did not stop.

The chased ended when the vehicle crashed on Skyline Drive near Wren Drive in Beloit. Police took Shannon into custody at gunpoint. He was evaluated and released from Beloit Memorial Hospital, Beloit.

He is scheduled to appear in Rock County Court at 4 p.m. today. His initial appearance in Walworth County Court had not been scheduled as of Wednesday evening.



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