Man charged in struggle over Waukesha County deputy's gun


August 25, 2015

WAUKESHA A Hartland man is accused of trying to take a deputy's gun at the Waukesha County Juvenile Center and shooting himself in the leg.

Dale Schaefer was charged Monday with disarming a peace officer, recklessly endangering safety and operating a firearm while intoxicated. Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper also said Deputy Chad Kane-Terhorst was cleared of wrongdoing in the Aug. 17 incident.

A criminal complaint says Schaefer was taken into a conference room by the deputy for an alcohol breath test. According to the complaint, Schaefer grabbed the deputy's gun, and Schaefer fired two shots during a struggle.

The complaint says Schaefer told a detective that he was trying to kill himself and didn't want to harm the deputy.

A message seeking comment was sent to an attorney listed as representing Schaefer.


Associated Press