One-Time Tripoli Clown, 76, Arrested After Shooting at Police

Two people injured in incident involving man who violated restraining order filed against him when he made contact with his ex-wife in Waukesha.

The quick actions of Waukesha police officers prevented a tragedy Tuesday afternoon after a 76-year-old man shot at them while they were interviewing his ex-wife about a domestic violence incident at her home.

“The suspect pointed a long gun at the officers and shot at the officers,” said Police Chief Russell Jack. “The officers then returned fire. The officers disengaged from the residence with the victim.”

The man was arrested without incident at 5:16 p.m. and no officers were shot, according to Jack. Patch is not naming the man until he has been charged. He was the director of clowns for the Tripoli Shrine Center in 2008, according to the group's website.

“One officer suffered a minor injury while securing the victim,” Jack said. “The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is being treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The suspect was not injured during this investigation.”

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The police department was to called the residence in the 1800 block of Racine Avenue at 4:13 p.m. for the domestic violence incident. The two 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.

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.

A spokeswoman for Waukesha Memorial Hospital told Patch the hospital was treating two female patients for minor injuries. Both are in good condition, the spokeswoman said.

The Waukesha Police Department's tactical team arrived on the scene at about 5 p.m. The Sheriff's Department also set up a command post. A chaplain who works with the police department also arrived on the scene at about 5:15 p.m.

Brookfield Shooting Not Forgotten

The domestic violence incident occurred two days after Radcliffe Haughton shot and killed three women at a Brookfield spa. Haughton was ordered to not possess guns as a term of a restraining order his wife, Zina Haughton, had obtained against him. Zina Haughton, a hairstylist at the Azana Salon & Spa, was killed in the shooting.

“When the officers put out an all needs assistance, especially in close proximity to the recent incidents we have had in southeastern Wisconsin, that is another reason we so many agencies responded to help out their fellow officers and to make sure the citizens and the scene is safe,” Jack said.

One Brookfield grandmother who was waiting to get into a nearby residence told Waukesha Patch her teenage granddaughter was home alone at a neighboring home. The woman, who would not give her name, told Patch that her granddaughter was at Brookfield Square Mall on Sunday when Haughton opened fire at the salon across the street from the mall.

“It’s very eerie,” said the woman, shaking her head. “Now this.”

Sally Jansen lives in the neighborhood and believes she knew the suspect and the victim, based on the suspect’s age and history of domestic violence.

“About two or three years ago, he was hauled off by police officers for domestic abuse and was removed from our premises,” Jansen said. “I was told he couldn’t come back for four years. I just know that there has been a lot of battle in the court system with it.”

Fred van der Wal October 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Need to get worse before it gets better.
Scott L October 23, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Here's a shot of one of the Sheriff's tactical vehicles speeding by: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4946820513936&set=a.4574778733124.183112.1401480772&type=1&theater
Pennyluhu October 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Just happened upon this mess on way home from work. Gotta say SOME PEOPLE ARE STUPID!! I heard a sheriff deputy tell two different motorists that they couldn't go through and these two men wanted to argue. He yelled "it's too dangerous!" Why do some folks think they're above obedience? This is part of society's problem. There were many others walking toward the police line, standing around, etc. Ever hear of stray bullets?? Please let these brave men and women do their job. They can't keep themselves and everyone else safe if idiots keep getting in the way. God bless them for what they do.
big ben October 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Too many police at one place its rediculous.
barium October 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM
No, just a very tiny % of people because evil exists around us.
dean skrobis October 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Whats the world comming to cant people just get along ....we have enough problems in this world
dean skrobis October 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Whats going on with this world these day
Anonymous October 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Shooting like a mad man....out the old coot out of his misery!!!
Elliott October 24, 2012 at 01:04 AM
pat October 24, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I live 2 blocks from this. I can't believe it could happen in our quiet neighbor. I'm sad and upset but mostly I am shocked at the number of people that paraded past our house so they could get in the way of the police officers that were riskng their lives just trying to do their jobs. Really people? Get a life. Stay away from things like this. Stay home and watch it on the news like we did.
CAS October 24, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Who edits these articles?????? One error is forgiveable. This one contains multiple errors. Sloppy reporting.
KAY KRISTIN October 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Okay, I love how we don't "release the suspect's name" because he hasn't been charged yet, but we tell everyone that he was the director of clowns for the Tripoli Shrine Center in 2008....a google search is all it took....
KAY KRISTIN October 24, 2012 at 12:19 PM
...seriously...if you're not going to identify the suspect, do a better job of not identifying him...
Flora October 24, 2012 at 01:49 PM
:( so sad so sad...
Annie Nominous October 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
He gives clowns a bad reputation and clowns already have it difficult because of rampant clown phobias.
Preventable ChildAbuse October 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Preventable ChildAbuse October 24, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Preventable ChildAbuse October 24, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Why was the title edited from when it said Clown Director ? Like to know what this mans identity is and why they have concealed his identity ? Very curious Please let me know more and kep me updated on this important matter Trying to regulate entertainers such as Clowns Santa , magicians , face painters , costume characters etc Need to REGULATE Legislate DEMAND LICENSE WITH CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK PLEASE KEEP KIDS SAFE
Preventable ChildAbuse October 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
It says he was not charged yet he violated conditions on the restraining order hmm something sounds very peculiar here No revealing the identity Very curious
Preventable ChildAbuse October 24, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Not revealing his identity Shooting at police Violating a restrtaining order yet not revealing his identity Hmm very interesting and curious He the director of Tripoli shrine clowns ? Very strange they dont say his identity People demand his identity and why his identity is concealed ? VERY CURIOUS NO NAME MUST HAVE A HIGH POSITION SOMEWHERE PLEASE PEOPLE DEMAND EXPLANATION WHY IDENTITY INFORMATION IS WITHHELD WHY ?
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Police have not concealed his identity, however, we generally do not name people until they are charged.
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM
He hasn't been charged with a crime yet. We'll give the name when he is charged. There is no "cover up" here.
Preventable ChildAbuse October 24, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Clowns already have a bad name dont you know ......... they need be regulated GACY (killer) JOSE GUADELOUPE JIMENEZ (kidnap rape )
Preventable ChildAbuse October 24, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Well how can he be not charged when the police i the video said he fired a shot at police It makes no sense and they also stated he violated a restraining order How can he not be charged something is very peculiar
Preventable ChildAbuse October 24, 2012 at 08:25 PM
How can he not be charged if he fired shot at police that whats the cop says in the video So how could he not be charged ? Please explain
KAY KRISTIN October 24, 2012 at 09:16 PM
If you really want to know who he is, Google "who was 2008 director of clowns for tripoli shrine center". Easy peasy. And doesn't put Patch on the hook.
John Bonhomme October 24, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Look stupid, it is still under investigation, and the DA does the charging not the police. He is in custody and I am sure his name will be released once it hits courts and he is formally charged. Now stop trolling
Mechinf94 October 25, 2012 at 01:47 AM
What the hell is wrong with you?!!? Take 5 seconds and inform yourself on how the law works, ya moron!!
KAY KRISTIN October 25, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Barium, it's hardly a very tiny percent.
Sarah Millard (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 02:29 AM
He's in custody and has not YET been charged. He is likely to be charged tomorrow.


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