Officer uses Taser on man perched on elevated patio to end standoff

Law enforcement officers used an electronic control device on a man standing on an elevated patio to end a daylong standoff this week, officials said.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said a detective working with the U.S. Marshals Task Force went to 34-year-old Eric B. Pottinger’s home on Madison’s east side Monday to arrest him on a warrant for a suspected parole violation.

Pottinger fled on foot into the woods behind his home on Femrite Drive, according to a news release. A K-9 was used in an attempt to track him, but police weren’t able to find him.

The sheriff’s office said that at about 5 a.m. Tuesday a deputy noticed activity inside the house in the 6000 block of Femrite Drive, and alerted the Marshals Task Force. Task force officers entered the house about 7:20 a.m. and Pottinger retreated to an attic where he then crawled through a small window to the roof.

Additional deputies, along with Madison firefighters attempted to talk him down peacefully, but Pottinger continued to be uncooperative and threatening, the report said. A knife was recovered from the ground after Pottinger dropped it, and at times he would take bricks from the chimney and make threatening gestures. To deescalate the situation, at about 3 p.m., the additional resources were called off, leaving four U.S. marshals and two sheriff’s deputies at the Femrite Drive address.

Just after 5 p.m., Pottinger moved to an elevated patio in an attempt to push a ladder away from the house, the sheriff’s office said. Law enforcement officers then used a Taser on Pottinger twice and he was taken into custody. 

Pottinger faces additional charges of resisting arrest, second-degree recklessly endangering safety and felony failure to comply with law enforcement attempts to take one into custody while armed.

The sheriff’s office said Pottinger was treated by EMS personnel at the scene and booked into the Dane County Jail.