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Man charged after standoff with SWAT team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:11

A 48-year-old man who authorities say held officers at bay for nearly six hours after firing several shots from a .40-caliber handgun outside his Grand Avenue house in Port Washington late last month now faces a felony charge filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Richard W. Conrad was charged last week with failing to comply with officers who were trying to arrest him.

He also faces misdemeanor counts of possessing a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.

The standoff began around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, after Conrad’s neighbor called police to report that Conrad had fired several shots outside his home at 911 W. Grand Ave. and made comments about being “done living” and wanting to “end it,” according to the complaint.

Police blocked off the area and told area residents to seek shelter in their homes and stay away from windows.

The Ozaukee County SWAT team was called and attempted numerous times to contact Conrad, who lived alone, by telephone but were unsuccessful.

As the standoff wore on, officers decided to fire tear gas canisters into the house.

Port Washington Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said officers eventually saw Conrad, who appeared unarmed, walking through the house. They were able to talk to him and he invited them inside. The officers declined but because Conrad was near the door they were able take him into custody.

Conrad appeared to be drunk, officers said, and a test administered at a hospital showed he had a blood alcohol level of .33, more than four times the .08 threshold for intoxication, the complaint states.

Authorities recovered a number of guns from Conrad’s house, Hingiss said.

The standoff ended just after midnight Monday, Jan. 30.

During Conrad’s initial court appearance Monday, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy set his bail at $5,000, ordered him not to consume alcohol and to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet

The felony Conrad faces is punishable by a maximum 1-1/2 years in prison and two years of extended supervision.

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