Suspect in Monona standoff was wanted for August attempted homicide

 A suspect arrested following a standoff in Monona that ended with a house destroyed by fire has been charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide.

The incident began about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, when police responded to a house at 5606 Tecumseh Ave. in an attempt to apprehend a suspect in an August homicide.

Police were at the home seeking Edward Matthews, 42, who investigators say shot his 37-year-old girlfriend Aug. 30 on Rethke Avenue.

The woman suffered thirteen gun shot wounds and was trying to leave the relationship with Matthews, according to a criminal complaint.

Authorities say Madison police officers surrounded the Monona home Wednesday and witnesses say over several hours, officers used a bull horn to try to coax Matthews out of the home.

Authorities say that early Thursday morning a fire started in the home with flames.threatening nearby homes.  

Officials say SWAT team members used smoke grenade devices to.approach the home.  Monona Police Chief  Walter Ostrenga says Matthews fired gun.shots, but officers were able to arrest him, as firefighters kept the fire from spreading to other homes.  The home the suspect used to keep police at bay for hours appears to be a total loss.

Court records show Madison Police officers encountered Matthews on East Washington Avenue the day after the attempted.homicide, but he rode away on a bicycle.

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