Beaver Dam man appears on charges of pointing gun at officer

January 12, 2019

JUNEAU — A 35-year-old Beaver Dam man remains in custody at Dodge County Jail after being placed on a $25,000 cash bail Friday during his initial appearance on charges of threatening a law enforcement officer, intentionally pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

Richard S. Henke, who was shot during the incident, appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim, who ordered Henke to not have any direct or indirect contact or communication with the alleged victims or their families and homes. He was ordered to not use, possess or control any controlled substances or drug paraphernalia nor be in the presence of anyone who does. He must maintain absolute sobriety. He shall not possess a firearm. He must not live in a house where firearms are present.

According to the 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. Beaver Dam Police Officer Brian 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 identified a second rifle that was in the home that was examined and found to be inoperable.

Linzenmeyer, a 17-year veteran on the Beaver Dam Police Department, remains on non-disciplinary leave following the incident.

Henke received injuries to his lower extremities and was transported to UW Hospital in Madison.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 17.

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