Beaver Dam Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison After Threatening Family, Officers with Loaded Firearm

(Beaver Dam) Five years in prison for a Beaver Dam man who pointed a loaded gun at police officers who were called to his residence by a child who feared for her mother’s safety. Timothy Knaup pleaded no contest in June to a felony charge of Strangulation and misdemeanor counts of Intentionally Pointing a Firearm and Battery, and had several other misdemeanors dismissed but read into the record. A 7-year-old girl called 9-1-1 in April to report that her father was going crazy and that he might kill her mother. Chief Dale Boldt says when they arrived at the residence, they were met outside by a 45-year-old woman, who told them her husband was still inside and she feared for the safety of her daughter. Boldt says officers safely removed the child and then located Knaup in the basement, at the bottom of a stairwell, with a beer in one hand and a loaded 22-caliber handgun in the other. After refusing to surrender the weapon, which was cocked, officers deployed their Tazer gun and took him into custody. Those officers were commended last month for their heroic efforts. At sentencing Thursday, the 45-year-old Knaup was also sentenced to five years of extended supervision and ordered to undergo domestic violence treatment.