Waukesha Man Charged for Shooting Ex and Her Boyfriend with Shotgun

Suspect tells police he was just trying to scare the couple after a row in his apartment.

A 42-year-old Waukesha man is facing charges after he allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in the back with a shotgun Tuesday morning.

Kirk A. Scheifen was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Thursday with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment of safety and one count of felony bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to 31 years in prison and $60,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

The victims were at  near Scheifen’s residence Tuesday morning. After bar closing, they discovered one of the tires on their van was flat. The woman was upset and figured Scheifen was responsible, so she went over to his apartment to confront him.

After 15 minutes, her current boyfriend went to the apartment to check on her because he was concerned about her safety. When he arrived he could hear the woman screaming for help, so he broke into the apartment and put Scheifen in a headlock. Scheifen then grabbed the man by the testicles and began to squeeze them hard, but the man was able to grab his girlfriend and escape the apartment.

As they were walking down the sidewalk in the 1800 block of South West Avenue, they heard a shotgun blast and the man lunged forward. They ran to a friend’s residence and realized he was bleeding.

The friend counted 35 shotgun pellet holes in the man’s back, while the woman had three wounds on her.

Scheifer told police he had gotten a call from his ex-girlfriend before he went to bed and the next thing he knew she was in his apartment, wanting to talk with him. He said he also got a call from the woman around 1:30 a.m. and after the call he decided to go puncture the tire on the van at the bar.

Scheifer said when the couple came to the apartment, the man was banging on the door with his skateboard, then came in and hit Scheifer with the board three times before he was able to knock it out of his hands. He said the woman then tried to hit him with a fan after the man had gotten him in a headlock until they left.

After they left, Scheifer said he grabbed his shotgun, which was numbered for birdshot, and fired it in the direction of the couple. He said he didn’t intend to shoot them, but wanted to shot in their direction in order to scare them.

He’s currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $25,000 bond. 

Johnny Paycheck July 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Waukesha's first misinterpretation of the castle doctrine right there... If he'd shot them inside the house he wouldn't be in any trouble at all right now, but he either didn't get it or got carried away.


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