Standoff in Beloit ends with man in custody

Updated: October 12, 2017

BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- After a standoff that lasted nearly 14 hours and a search that continued throughout the night, a Facebook post leads to an arrest.

The Beloit Fire Department says they were called to the 1100 block of Dewey Avenue to assist with a patient, they say that's when they recognized 31-year-old Vernon Lige from a post made to the city's police Facebook page.

Lige had been wanted by police following a more than 12 hour standoff at a home in the 2000 block of St. Lawrence Avenue. Lige now faces charged of domestic disorderly conduct while armed, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, arson of property and several other charges that investigators say they are still looking into.


BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- A standoff in Beloit reaches its twelfth hour, at this time investigators tell us a man remains inside that home. He's apparently surrounded by officers and SWAT teams.

Police are asking the community to stay away from the 2000 block of St. Lawrence Avenue in Beloit where they say a domestic violence suspect has barricaded himself inside a home and refused to come out.

Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski says at 8:30 a.m. officers responded to a call by a woman saying her boyfriend was pointing a gun at her in violation of a previous domestic violence order of protection. When police got there the suspect was unwilling to come out.

Zibolski says they have been in contact with the man by phone and no one else is currently inside the home.