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Officers Fired 26 Bullets at Shooting Suspect

Waukesha police officer was grazed by possible bullet debris when a 76-year-old man fired a shotgun at them Tuesday afternoon, according to Police Chief Russell Jack.

A Waukesha police officer was grazed in the head – possibly by bullet debris – when a 76-year-old man shot at police during a domestic dispute, Police Chief Russell Jack said Wednesday.

Two officers returned fire, shooting 26 handgun rounds in and outside the home while securing the man’s former wife and leaving the residence with her, according to Jack.

The two officers are on administrative leave. They are doing fine physically after the suspect fired two rounds of turkey shot from a shotgun at police Tuesday afternoon, Jack said.

“Both officers are currently recovering emotionally from this very traumatic incident,” Jack said.

The man’s 75-year-old ex-wife had a broken arm after she was pushed by the man, according to Jack.  The man, who was the clown director for Tripoli in 2008, faces possible charges of substantial battery-domestic abuse, violation of a domestic abuse injunction and false imprisonment. Weapon-related charges are being investigated, according to Jack.

The man could be charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Thursday.

“The suspect did make some remarks to his daughter that he was married 53 years ago, and 'till death do we part,” Jack said.

The police department was called to the residence in the 1800 block of Racine Avenue at 4:13 p.m. Tuesday for the domestic violence incident. The elderly man and woman are divorced and the woman had a restraining order filed against the man. Court records show the man lives in Sussex.

"This is a residence with a history of domestic-related incidents," Jack said on Tuesday.

The man was in court on Tuesday, where he was found in contempt of court in his divorce case for not signing a tax refund document. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail or he could sign the tax refund and pay $130 within 30 days.

The man was also ordered to pay his ex-wife, who was to keep the tax refund, $350 within 30 days.

A restraining order with a weapon prohibition against the man was granted in 2010 to last through 2014, although court records do not indicate if it was the man’s ex-wife who filed the restraining order.

In addition to the FBI, Waukesha Police Department and the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, police departments from Brookfield, the Town of Brookfield, Butler, Oconomowoc, New Berlin and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the scene.

Erik Helgestad October 25, 2012 at 06:39 PM
This is the first I've heard anyone identify the officers involved to any degree - do you have a link?
Common Sense October 27, 2012 at 01:10 AM
What were the police supposed to do while they were being shot at?? Stand there and not defend themselves? What would you do if YOU were being shot at????
Common Sense October 27, 2012 at 01:13 AM
They have no reason to- on the other hand, YOU should be ashamed of your outrageous comment!
Common Sense October 27, 2012 at 01:20 AM
For those of you who continue to make stupid comments, I doubt that any of you could do the job that these officers do day in and day out- all to protect YOU. They are brave, honorable and selfless people who willingly enter into harms way to protect the rest of us. You idiots only think it's ridiculous until you need their help. Those in law enforcement deserve nothing but our gratitude and respect- both males AND females!!!!! Stop being ignorant.
John Strier October 29, 2012 at 09:01 PM
These comments are just idiotic. All of you critics talk like firearms experts, I am sure punching some holes in paper and getting 9 out of ten in the black at a temperature controlled, no stress, indoor ranges can attest to your mad skills. Now try it in the real world while some jerk shoots at you with a long gun, you try to disengage from the fight while trying to cover yourself, and get the victim out of harms way. Seems to me like it was a job well done, the suspect stayed inside and couldn't follow up with more shots to shoot an officer or the victim. I think they did a outstanding job!

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