(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County District Attorney says the Beaver Dam police officer who shot a domestic violence suspect was justified. In a press release, District Attorney Kurt Klomberg says his office has concluded its review of the incident and determined that Officer Brian Linzenmeyer was warranted in the use of his weapon.
Richard Henke of Beaver Dam sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being wounded in the lower extremities in October. Authorities responded to the Henke residence after reports to 9-1-1 from a child. Linzenmeyer entered the home, observed a physical altercation with a screaming woman and described the suspect with a blank stare and eyes that were (quote) “black and evil.”
The 35-year-old suspect shoved the woman into a bedroom, the officer lost site then advanced into the bedroom only to be attacked by two dogs. Henke was then observed in a crouching position against a wall pointing a rifle at him. Linzenmeyer unloaded his weapon then dove into another bedroom. Additional personnel then arrived in the home and arrested Henke. The officer sustained bruises and scratches but was otherwise not physically injured.
Henke is charged with felony Threat To Law Enforcement with Use of a Dangerous Weapon and Intentionally Pointing a Firearm At Law Enforcement along with misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct/ Domestic Abuse. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum penalty of over 17 years in prison.