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Police: Wielding Firearm, Woman Threatens to Kill Ex-Fiancée, Commit Suicide

A Shorewood woman is accused of pointing a gun at her ex, then saying she will kill him before committing suicide.

A 28-year-old Shorewood woman is accused of pointing a loaded gun at her ex-fiancée and threatening to kill him.

The woman was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon, one count of battery domestic abuse and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, she faces up to 19 months in prison and $20,500 in fines.

Patch is not naming her to protect the identity of the victim.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Monday, the victim came home from work to his apartment on North Bartlett Avenue and found the woman sitting on the couch with two of his handguns sitting on the couch next to her. The woman is his ex-fiancée, but still lives with him because she has nowhere else to go, according to the complaint. She had become upset because he was now dating someone else.

The man told the woman to put the guns away and they continued to argue for a half an hour when the conversation moved into the bedroom. Once inside the bedroom, the woman was two feet away from the victim when she pointed a loaded gun with the hammer pulled back at him and said: “I’m going to shoot your (expletive) face off,” then pointed the gun at herself.

She continued to point the gun at him, then herself, several more times, saying she was going to commit suicide and take him with her, according to the complaint.

Eventually the man grabbed her by the wrist, was able to get the gun away from her and unloaded it. During the struggle, she took a knife from the man’s pocket, slit her wrist and demanded the gun back.

They struggled again and she got the empty gun and began to hit the man in the head with it repeatedly. She then hit him with her fists, a belt and drum stool. Eventually the man was able to call his mother, who contacted the Shorewood Police Department for help.

The woman told officers she was upset with the victim because they have been together for 12 years and haven't married. She had two rounds of ammunition in her pocket and officers found heroin paraphernalia inside a pink Luca Vergani bag.

The woman will make her initial appearance in court Monday.   

CowDung November 20, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Isn't it a bit sexist to treat them differently? The only time to treat the person differently is during hostage negotiations and things like that. Once the situation is over, the sex of the perpetrator should be irrelevant and justice should be applied as appropriate.
North Shore Newbie November 22, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I think you should treat each case differently based on the situation and the person's motivation. There are many factors that influence why people do what they do and in an ideal world all factors should be taken into consideration. There obviously isn't enough time to look at each case separately so we have things like mandatory sentences for specific crimes. But I don't think it's sexist to treat her differently because she's a woman IF we accept that there are different motivations for why women do things than there are for men.
CowDung November 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I believe that is the way that crimes are currently treated. Situation and motivation is what distinguishes first degree homicide from manslaughter for example. This determination should be made without regard to the sex of the accused criminal.
Bitter Clinger November 24, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I love the snippet about the Luca Vergani bag. I did a little searching online and found them at Walmart for $22.00!! Sunrocket is right, it does look like a bowling ball bag, thanks for the comic relief Joe.
Richard Head November 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
She's 28 - and about to hit the wall. SMV and DMV is quickly dropping. Future crazy Cat Lady material.

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