Richland County Sheriff Clay Porter reports that on 7/8/2022 at 12:34am the Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a male party who had gained access to his ex-girlfriend’s house on Catherine St in Orion Township. The caller stated he was acting crazy and shot at a vehicle that had pulled into the driveway. The caller was able to lock him out when he shot at the vehicle but the male party identified as Jonathon Scott was able to force entry back into the residence.
Richland County Deputies arrived on scene and were assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the Muscoda Police Department. Contact was attempted over the squad public announcement (PA) system and the female victim was able to safely exit the residence. The male party refused to exit the residence when deputies requested. Richland County Special Response Team was activated and responded to the scene. After over two hours of attempts to negotiate and request Scott to exit the residence, gas munitions were deployed into the residence. Shortly thereafter, Scott started appearing in windows and then exited the door unarmed and was safely taken into custody.
Jonathan Scott was transported to the Richland County Jail and booked on charges of criminal trespass into a dwelling, domestic disorderly conduct, second degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
Sheriff Porter credits the quick thinking and actions of the first responding law enforcement personnel to the safe removal of the victim from the scene. Additionally, the specialized training and tools utilized by the Special Response Team resulted in a peaceful resolution to a dangerous situation.