DA concludes Beaver Dam Police Officer justified in shooting
JUNEAU — The actions of a Beaver Dam police officer who shot a man in the leg during a domestic disturbance call Oct. 26 were justified, according to Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg.
Klomberg said in a press release that after careful review of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the shooting, Officer Brian Linzenmeyer’s use of his firearm was justified. Klomberg said there will be no further comment on the matter due to a related prosecution of the man who was shot.
Richard S. Henke, who was shot during the incident, is charged with threatening a law enforcement officer, intentionally pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. Henke has a preliminary hearing scheduled Thursday.
According to Henke’s criminal complaint, a girl living in the residence in the 500 block of Walnut Street called 911 on Oct. 26 at 5:36 p.m. and reported that her father was hurting her mother. Linzenmeyer responded to the incident.
The complaint states Linzenmeyer entered the house after he arrived and heard a woman screaming inside. Linzenmeyer drew his handgun and identified himself as “police” or “police department” as he entered the house. According to the complaint, Linzenmeyer saw Henke and the woman fighting. Henke moved toward a bedroom with the woman.
Linzenmeyer said after arriving at the bedroom, he saw a rifle case on the floor and saw Henke crouching or kneeling against the wall in the bedroom and pointing a rifle at him. According to the complaint, when Henke raised the rifle while pointing at the police officer, Linzenmeyer fired his handgun at Henke.
The complaint says Linzenmeyer was in the hallway when he fired all shots and that he stripped his magazine while he was in the hallway as he was moving away from Henke.
Linzenmeyer performed a tactical reload in another bedroom and called for assistance over the radio. While in the other bedroom, Linzenmeyer heard Henke say he had been shot and called for an ambulance.
Henke was injured in the leg and transported to UW Hospital in Madison. He identified a second rifle that was in the home that was examined and found to be inoperable.
Linzenmeyer is a 17-year veteran on the Beaver Dam Police Department. He has been on paid administrative leave since the Oct. 26 incident.