Man Tasered Four Times Before Arrest

Waukesha man allegedly tries to barricade himself in a shed with a pit bull and a knife because he wants to kill police officers, according to criminal complaint.

A 42-year-old Waukesha man is facing charges after he tried barricading himself in a shed with a pit bull and knife, according to a criminal complaint.

The man was stunned with a Taser four times in order for Waukesha police officers to take him into custody, the complaint states.

Gustavo Valdez was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Wednesday with one count of criminal damage to property, one count of resisting an officer and two counts of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison and $22,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Valdez was drinking all day Monday in his home in the 900 block of Western Avenue when he started to become verbally abusive toward a woman. She left and came back later in the day and ignored him before going to sleep.

Valdez spent all Tuesday drinking again and became verbally abusive and threatened to punch the woman. Another person went into the bathroom to call police, so Valdez grabbed a knife and said if the cops came there would be a shooting.

Valdez told family members “I want to kill the (expletive) police," then took the knife and a pit bull and tried to barricade himself in a shed in the back yard. However, when police arrived, he jumped over a neighbor’s fence – breaking it in the process, then ran towards Summit View Elementary School.

Police officers chased Valdez and then unleashed a K9 unit, which found him hiding behind bushes. An officer knew Valdez was suspected in a different felony case and pointed his Taser at him.

Valdez refused to show both hands, so the officer stunned him with the Taser. He still refused to show his hands, so the office again shocked him with the Taser.

Valdez continued to fight three or four officers while on the ground, so another officer pulled out his Taser and stunned Valdez two more times in order to take him into custody.

He was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where Valdez began making personal threats about one of the officers and his family, saying there was a hit out on him by two area gangs and he could make an easy $5,000 by killing the officer.

Valdez is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $750 bond while awaiting trial. 

cp June 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Imagine that...How many times does someone have to break the law before he is kept in jail.. Hope they keep him for a long time. check his record
Johnny Paycheck June 24, 2012 at 06:27 PM
So the police were coming to drag this guy from his own home for being "verbally" abusive towards someone who didn't even live there? Maybe it was time for her to leave (again) and stop going back. I can fully understand this mans frustration. Thanks to the feminist movement the definition of a crime is now whatever a woman who feels slighted says it is. He does appear to have an alcohol problem, but if he is going to drink then he was exactly where he was supposed to be-- not driving anywhere and in his own home.
cp June 25, 2012 at 01:29 PM
you might want to check this guy out before you say it is "just the feminist movement " He has treatened family members with physical violents. Police know him well.
Sarah Millard (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Johnny, The story does not say who the woman is because giving too much information about victims of domestic abuse is done in efforts to protect the victim. If you read further in the story, he was threatening physical harm to the woman, according to the criminal complaint. You also may have missed the part in the article where he allegedly armed himself with a knife and a pitbull before running from police and fighting with police. He also is a suspect in a serious felony case.
Johnny Paycheck June 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Sarah, it doesn't look like he wasn't charged with any type of domestic abuse, which is why I drew the conclusion that the woman did not live there. He certainly did not handle that situation right-- barricading himself in a shed with a knife and a pitbull, but then again if it's his house and he feels like he needs to run from it due to the complaints of some guest then I can understand his frustration. If he were abusing family members then there would be a domestic abuse charge in there somewhere, which there is not. The criminal damage to property is also questionable given that the damage to the fence does not sound like it was intentional.
Sarah Millard (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I am having problems getting on CCAP right now, but these are not the complaints of "some guest." However, I did not want to clearly outline the victim's relationship to him as it would give the victim's identity away. I am still not going to do so. If police weren't called to diffuse an intoxicated man threatening physical violence, who is to say that it wouldn't get worse? Are you saying that you feel there needs to be an actual act of physical violence before police involvement?
Johnny Paycheck June 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I may be old fashioned, but I still believe that if whoever it was didn't like the way they were being talked to then they should get out of his house. But then again I come from a strict Irish-Catholic family in a different time, where my father was the head of the household and paid all the bills and we were obligated to obey and respect him. We would never have dreamed of openly challenging his authority or calling the police on him. Times have changed-- and in my opinion not necessarily for the better.
Johnny Paycheck June 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Of course this is part of the feminist movement... Yes there are some cases where dragging the man away in chains prevents a murder, but they are rare. What is more common is for a small group of emotionally disturbed women to victimize many different men by switching husbands or boyfriends every year (or more) and claiming abuse against all of them.
cp June 26, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Let"s see.....Restraining order..Bail jumping....Harassment...3 owi's...Resisting...Theft..etc..... soooooo...I hope Mr Paycheck,no one treats your mother, daughter or granddaughter like that. She sure couldn't come to you for help !!!!!!!
TLW June 26, 2012 at 01:19 AM
The feminist movement is at play here? Give me a break. The guy has a list of crimes, alot of thefts and he moves around a lot. Seems like he doesn't work since he can sit home drinking all day. The story says nothing about a woman being "slighted." I live in this neighborhood, and I can say that I am not to happy to know this type of guy is living around here. I saw the cops at the same house a week before. Review the article about the woman who attacked her husband for reading the Onion and Shepard Express. SHE was arrested, and rightly so. I believe that the police look for who is at fault. They don't automatically arrest the guy - but if the guy is the one causing the problems, what else can they do? Before the feminist movement, the police wouldn't even care if a woman was being beaten by her husband. Why should they? She was the property of her husband. So before you bash the feminist movement and the police, just look at the case as it is. A loser sitting around drinking - probably from money he got from something he stole.
Johnny Paycheck June 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
@TLW I can assure you that in the 1970s and prior to that women were not treated as slaves in the US, nor were they judged to be anyone's property that could be freely beaten and abused. What you are expressing is a radical feminist view that has largely corrupted a great country. The 70's were great times for a lot of people and were also defining decade in American culture, and the police of those times were truly public peace officers and were able to make judgement calls on domestic issues. There was no mandatory arrest law for every domestic complaint and families were encouraged to work things out amongst themselves. Based on your view of the world prior to the spread of feminism I suspect you've formed much of your views based on what you've seen watching Lifetime movies.
TLW June 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Really? I did not use the word "slaves," but it is a fact that women did not have the same rights as a man prior to the 70's. That time period may have been great for you, but not so great for women who had to work so hard just to get where we are today. It's sad that you are so blind to history, but what can anyone expect from someone like you, I suppose. Before you go off further on feminism, you need to brush up the little knowledge you have on the history of women, domestic abuse, and the law. I do no watch Lifetime movies (seriously, can you be anymore sexist?), as you suggest, and I actually went to college and I studied in social work and pscyhology, so I am aware that things are not as simple as you would like to think. When I hear of cases like this, I don't think in terms of male, female, or race, I look at the situation itself. Your conclusions in this case aren't based on the facts, just your narrow-minded beliefs. Who ever said this guy lives there alone? Who ever said the woman does not live there too? You just assumed and right away drew your conclusions based on your biased opinions.
TLW June 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I'm sorry, I just can't get over the fact that you actually believed I got my ideas from Lifetime. That is just so off the wall and crazy, not to mention insulting. You don't even know me, but you are pigeon holing me into your idea of a female. Too funny, but also so very sad.
Johnny Paycheck June 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
@TLW- It really doesn't matter whether you used the word "slave", you used it's definition, which is one person who is the property of another. And I drew my conclusions based on law and the information in the article. The article stated that it was his house and since the man has not been charged with domestic abuse that would draw a logical conclusion that the "victim" did not live there. You think only women watch Lifetime movies? It sounds like you are the sexist... which is not the least bit unusual for a feminazi.
Johnny Paycheck June 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I must stay it's strange to get a passive-aggressive response like that from someone who claims to have studied psychology in college. Did you graduate?
TLW June 26, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I wasn't apologizing to you, and never will. You seem like a sad little man who wishes to live in a glorified past. I will continue to draw my conclusions based on the facts, and you can be stuck in your paranoid world of, as you say, "feminazi(sm)." As I said, you don't know me, no one would ever call me a feminazi. But, whatever makes you happy. God gave us all different lenses to see through, yours just must be a bit cloudier than most peoples' today, which is why the world is no longer like it was prior to the 70's. Yes, it's bad in other ways now. Laws such as those in domestic calls are needed for the saftey of the public and the person. Male or femle. Feminism has nothing to do with it. According to the law (I have a police officer in the family), a Waukesha domestic case requires that someone be brought in to the station, they don't necessarily need to be charged. The police are taught to look at the situation and to decide who is causing the disturbance, and then they bring in that person, male or female. No feminism applies. The main goal is to disfuse the situation. I don't have to be anymore than that.
Johnny Paycheck June 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
@TLW: So you are calling me little now? LOL! Does my size really interest you? That's ok, I didn't really think you were apologizing-- I recognized the "I'm sorry" that prefaced your verbal assault as passive-aggressive behaviour, which is why I found it so difficult to believe you could have ever graduated from college after having studied psychology-- even if academic standards have fallen to some degree. Now let's try to be honest here TLW... since you described women as the "property" of their husbands prior to the rise of feminism that pretty much makes you a feminist doesn't it?
Bowgo June 27, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Well one thing is for sure he is a criminal with a long record. This article should have mentioned that he jumped my fence and tried breaking into my house that day while I was home with my 5yr old and 5mo old! Why stick up for this man? What were his intentions if he had actually gotten in my home? Not to mention my 5yr old is terrified to play outside now...
TLW June 27, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Johnny Paycheck - I did graduate with a double major, as if that matters, and that was quite awhile ago. You don't need to go to college to have common sense. You can twist my words, argue or belittle me all day. Call me a feminist, or whatever you like if it makes you feel better. It doesn't change the fact that feminism has nothing to do with a violent repeat offender being carted off to the police station, something that doesn't happen in this neighborhood. If you don't mind his alcohol problem, next time the guy is looking for a place to crash, why don't you get together? You can break out the vodka and bash feminism, or women, all you like. Together you can google "Women as property" and see where it takes you. He might be too young to remember the 70's, but maybe you can fill him in about the good old days. Cheers.
Johnny Paycheck June 27, 2012 at 03:39 AM
@TLW-- At age 42 it is a mathematical certainty that this man experienced the 70s. Did they not teach math at this school where you slept through your psychology classes? In any regard you are wrong when you say it doesn't happen in this neighborhood. It happens ALL THE TIME. A woman in the apartments right down the street just had her third different guy in an so much as a year arrested on domestic charges, the poor gal. There are a lot of rotten men out there you know! The vast majority of it never makes the news though. And yes I would gladly return to the 70s... or any time prior to the obesity epidemic for that matter. Perhaps someone should fund a study to see if feminism and obesity are somehow connected?
Johnny Paycheck June 27, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I'm not sticking up for what he seems to have done, but the whole situation seems to be over-dramatized... At least in so far as storming his house with paramilitary units and dogs after he told someone in his house that he was going to punch them in the face if they didn't stop doing whatever it was they were doing. Since he was trying to barricade himself in the shed while going on about how much he hates the police it seems that he knew he was about to get a beat-down for disrespecting the states monopoly on violence. I can't see where seeing a man climb over a fence and break it would be overly disturbing to a child, but add a dozen or so police officers, a K9 unit, some screaming and then electrifying the guy with a taser 4 times in a row and it sounds downright terrifying...
TLW June 27, 2012 at 05:26 AM
It is interesting that you have to bash my intelligence to try to make your points. First, you assumed that everything I know I learned from watching Lifetime movies. Then you labeled me a sexist and a feminazi. After that you assumed I couldn't have gradulated college and if I did, it was due to the fall of adademic standards and I only "claimed" to have studied psychology. Now it's my math skills. I am around same age as that guy, so I was around in the 70's. However, I was a kid more interested in baseball and playing with my friends than I was in watching the interaction of men and women in a changing world. I remember the 80's and on better. You seem to have a problem with women since feminism seems to have had a negative impact on your life somehow. But since all that was before my time and not my fight, I really don't give it that much thought, which is why I found your inital comment ludicrous. However, I am grateful to all the women (and some men, I am sure) for what they did so I am able to live like I do. I can vote. I can support myself. I can go to any school I wish. I can see women in imporant jobs that only men had once. I have more freedom because of those people than my grandmother had, and all the women before her. I am glad to live in the time I am in, and lucky.
Valerie June 27, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Johnny what's his face is an idiot
Johnny Paycheck June 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I don't have to bash your intelligence to make my points... You just happen to be one of the stupidest people I have ever had a discussion with... You make statements here in writing and then deny them a moment later. You also have a fools view of what the world was like prior to third wave of feminism... So you go right on believing that women were slaves before that who couldn't vote and were flogged through the streets by their evil husbands... Yes you can make a living now without qualifications due to the quotas inflicted on large corporations but don't think for a minute you have earned that...
Jason J July 02, 2012 at 10:24 PM
If the homeowner whose fence he broke would have had the decency to shoot him as he was attempting to break in to the house (Castle Law) you all wouldn't need to be having this petty argument. Sorry your kids were terrified, he is a career loser who needs to go away for a extended period of time. Sadly it will be at taxpayer expense.


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