Whitewater man faces charges of intentional homicide after high-speed chase
ROCK COUNTY A Whitewater man is in custody at the Rock County Jail, facing charges ranging from attempted first degree homicide to recklessly endangering safety, after a high speed chase with two children in his vehicle, according to a news release issued by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and the Whitewater Police Department.
Police say one female adult and two children were injured in the incident.
Larry M. Shannon, 40, of Whitewater, was arrested by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office Monday in Beloit after fleeing from Whitewater police, who had been called to a house in the 300 block of Janesville Street in Whitewater for a family disturbance shortly before 4 p.m. Oct. 29. The call noted that a child had been cut during the disturbance.
Whitewater Police Chief Lisa Otterbacher said before police officers got to the residence, the suspect fled in his vehicle with two children, a boy and a girl.
Two additional victims who had fled the residence were transported by the Whitewater Rescue Squad to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital for treatment of significant injuries occurring during the disturbance.
A Rock County sheriff’s deputy heard a description of the vehicle broadcast by the Rock County Communications Center. At about 4:28 p.m., he spotted the vehicle traveling westbound on County Highway H South (Shopiere Road), near the intersection of Creek Road.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle was traveling over 75 mph, and the suspect had made threats about harming the children in the car.
Stop sticks were unsuccessful, but police were able to block off the suspect’s vehicle, which crashed on Skyline Drive near Wren Drive in the city of Beloit.
Rock County deputies, officers from the Town of Beloit Police Department, the Beloit Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol were involved in the pursuit.
Shannon was taken into custody at gunpoint. He was transported to Beloit Memorial for an evaluation of his injuries, before being transported to the Rock County Jail.
He is scheduled to appear in Rock County Intake Court at 4 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 31, facing charges that include recklessly endangering safety, fleeing to elude, operating with detectable amount of restricted controlled substance with a juvenile passenger.
He also faces charges in Walworth County of three counts of attempted first degree intentional homicide and three counts of false imprisonment.
Otterbacher said one of the children who was a passenger in the suspect's vehicle was taken to an area hospital. She said all three victims are stable condition.