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Police disarm suicidal, knife-wielding man on breakwater PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:47


    A 63-year-old Kewaskum man who authorities said tried to commit suicide by cop on the Port Washington lakefront Tuesday is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute.
    Port Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said the man originally intended to jump off the breakwater into the water, but chased a fisherman off the structure while brandishing a 12-inch knife. He later told officers he was upset that the fisherman had ruined his plan.
    The man, still brandishing the knife,  then came onto the NewPort Shores parking lot and chased another fisherman from the area, Hingiss said.
    The second fisherman had seen what occurred on the breakwater and notified police, he said.    
    When officers arrived, they ordered the man to drop the knife but he refused,  telling the officers he also had a gun, Hingiss said.
    Eventually, the man dropped the knife and was taken into custody, he said.
    “Luckily, he did it in time or he might have gotten his wish,” Hingiss said.
    The man had left a note in his car outlining his intention, Hingiss said. His wife told police he had other mental health issues.
    The man was taken to the hospital before being transferred to Winnebago, Hingiss said.
    Police have asked the Ozaukee County District Attorney’s officer to charge the man with two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, two counts of endangering safety by use of a weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Hingiss added. Daily Press