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Author Topic: Finger in the Trigger Guard  (Read 1581 times)

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Finger in the Trigger Guard
« on: July 01, 2005, 10:42:20 AM »

Interesting because I have heard of situations where the good guy has stuck a finger behind the trigger, in the trigger guard, and has prevented the weapon's discharge. I can only guess these are accidental insertions in the choas of a fight, but maybe not?


Man charged in shotgun incident;
by TOM KERTSCHER, Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
Germantown - The Germantown man accused of trying to fire a shotgun inside the police station before being restrained by three officers was charged. A criminal complaint filed against Jeffrey R. Hilgendorf also provides new details about Friday's incident, which the Germantown police chief has said easily could have ended with officers using deadly force.According to the complaint filed in Washington County Circuit Court:

Hilgendorf, 22, of Mary Buth Lane, entered the police station about 5 p.m., handed a note to the dispatcher at the front desk and then threw drug paraphernalia - a glass bong - against the bulletproof window that separated him from the dispatcher.

The note said Hilgendorf would "start blasting" if he heard a doorknob turn. Police also described a note found in his car, which had all its windows smashed, as making reference to getting back at "them" for what they had done to him and to "not taking anyone with him."

Taser fired at the suspect. Officer Robert Case fired a Taser at Hilgendorf, but Hilgendorf, with his finger on the trigger of the shotgun, continued to try to pull the gun from its case. Officer David Pierzchalski then stuck his fingers into the trigger guard to prevent the trigger from being pulled, and Sgt. Bruce Gardner was able to subdue Hilgendorf - who bit Gardner on the right knee - with several punches to his hand and pepper spray.

Hilgendorf has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment involving use of a dangerous weapon, failure to comply with officers' attempts to take him into custody, battery to a peace officer and criminal damage to property, all felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanor crimes, including carrying a firearm in a public building, negligent handling of a weapon, resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Chief Peter Hoell has said Hilgendorf has a lengthy history of encounters with Germantown police for minor offenses but never for resisting or trying to harm an officer.

Court records indicate that Hilgendorf has only one criminal conviction. He was sentenced to two years of probation in December 2001 in Washington County after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing an illegally obtained prescription.

Hilgendorf was being evaluated at a mental health facility on Wednesday, said Todd Martens, Washington County district attorney.

June 30, 2005
 

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