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Waukesha Juvenile Center Shooting Suspect Identified and Charged

The Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of the shooting incident on August 17 at the Waukesha County Juvenile Center.

District Attorney Sue Opper concluded there was no criminal misconduct by Deputy Chad Kane-Terhorst and charges will not be filed against him.

The investigation revealed Dale Schaefer was responsible for disarming Deputy Kane-Terhorst of his firearm. The DA also determined during the struggle for control of the weapon, it was Schaefer who fired one shot into his own thigh.

Deputy Kane-Terhorst told investigators he and Schaefer were in a conference room and Kane-Terhorst smelled an odor of intoxicants on Schaefer’s breath and administered a preliminary breath test with a result of 0.23 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

As the Deputy turned to leave the room he could feel pressure on his gun holster. Kane-Terhorst believed Schaefer was removing his service weapon from the holster he was carrying on his belt. The Deputy immediately performed a wall stun, pushing Schaefer into the wall and struggling to keep from being shot.

Kane-Terhorst reported that he feared for his life and was able to hold Schaefer against the wall. During this time, Schaefer fired two rounds from the weapon. Detectives determined one shot went into a wall and the other bullet went into the left thigh of Schaefer.

Schaefer is being charged with one count of Disarming a Peace Officer, one count of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and one count of Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated.

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