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Police arrested a 76-year-old Janesville man Monday night, saying he fired a gun at a car with two people in it and initiated a standoff with police.

Officers were dispatched to a shots-fired complaint at 9:09 p.m. Monday at 209 Westridge Road on Janesville’s west side, according to a news release from the Janesville Police Department.

The caller told dispatchers that the suspect, Alan W. Banner, shot his car, the news release stated.

The victims reported the incident started as a domestic violence-related incident and escalated in the driveway, where Banner continued to argue with the victims.

Banner then shot the front tire of the vehicle occupied by the victims, according to the release.

Banner retreated to his residence and remained there. Initial efforts by police to elicit a response were unsuccessful, according to the release.

Members of the Janesville Police Department Crisis Negotiations Team arrived and tried to get a response from Banner. The police department’s SWAT team and other department assets also were activated to help resolve the incident.

Additional calls into the residence eventually elicited a response from Banner, and he complied with a negotiator and left the residence, according to the release.

At 11:10 p.m. patrol officers took Banner into custody without further incident.

Evidence at the scene supported the report provided by the victims during the incident. The victims were not injured, the release states.

Banner is being held at the Rock County Jail on charges of domestic violence-related disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering safety while armed.

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