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Beaver Dam man shot by police charged with felonies

January 5, 2019

JUNEAU — A 35-year-old Beaver Dam man who was shot by police faces felony charges related to the incident.

Richard S. Henke is charged with threatening a law enforcement officer, intentionally pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. He could face up to 12 years in prison and a $21,000 fine if convicted.

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.

A Dodge County Sheriff’s Office detective investigated the incident and spoke with Linzenmeyer about that night.

Linzenmeyer said he spoke to the girl in the driveway and she said again that her father was hurting her mother. According to the criminal complaint, Linzenmeyer could also hear screaming coming from the residence and he went into the home to help the woman. Linzenmeyer drew his handgun prior to entering the house and identified himself as “police” or “police department” after entering the house. According to the complaint, Linzenmeyer saw Henke and the woman fighting. Henke turned toward Linzenmeyer and began reaching toward his waist. He then walked to a bedroom while keeping the woman in between him and the officer. The woman was attempting to get away from Henke.

Linzenmeyer said he was attacked by two dogs that were in the house after arriving at the bedroom. He said 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 Linzenmeyer. According to the complaint, when Henke raised the rifle while pointing at the police officer, Linzenmeyer fired his handgun at Henke.

The complaint says that 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.

Other officers arrived in the room and yelled “Don’t touch the gun.” Henke was injured in the leg and identified a second rifle that was in the home. The rifle 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 Oct. 26 incident.

Henke received injuries to his lower extremities and was transported to UW Hospital in Madison. He is scheduled to appear in court for his initial appearance on Jan. 11.

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