JUNEAU — A 35-year-old Beaver Dam man pleaded not guilty plea Wednesday to charges of threatening a Beaver Dam police officer with a weapon last fall.
Richard Henke, who was shot in the leg by a police officer 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 is free on a $25,000 cash bond.
Beaver Dam Police Officer Brian Linzenmeyer responded to a domestic incident at Henke’s home Oct. 26. Henke allegedly pointed a rifle at Linzenmeyer, who responded by shooting Henke in the upper thigh. District Attorney Kurt Klomberg announced last fall that Linzenmeyer was justified in the shooting.
Linzenmeyer was on administrative leave following the incident, but he has since returned to active duty on the Beaver Dam Police Department.
According to the criminal complaint, Linzenmeyer could hear screaming coming from the residence and he went into the home to help the woman inside. 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 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 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.
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.
A telephone scheduling conference is scheduled for April 17.