Guns argument leads to arrest on guns charge

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN--An argument about the safety of firearms led to an arrest on firearms-related charges Sunday, according to a criminal complaint filed in Rock County Court.

Jerome F. Skolaski, 43, of 10236 E. County A, was charged Monday with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct while using a weapon.

A sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Skolaski’s residence at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Skolaski told the deputy that he and a woman he knows were arguing earlier that night about whether guns were safe.

“So he decided to put an unloaded handgun inside his mouth and pull the trigger” in front of the woman, according to the criminal complaint.

Then he fired a round out a window with the 9mm gun, according to the complaint.

The shot was toward his driveway, and there were homes and businesses in that direction in unincorporated Johnstown Center, according to the complaint.

At some point during the argument, the woman left the residence, the complaint indicates.

The complaint does not give further context about the argument over guns.

Skolaski told the deputy he was drunk, and he registered a 0.152 blood-alchohol level on a preliminary breath test, according to the complaint. That’s nearly twice the level at which it’s illegal to drive in Wisconsin.

The deputy took the handgun, shell casings and a full magazine as evidence, and a relative took custody of 12 other firearms in the home, according to the complaint.

Skolaski was released on a signature bond after his appearance in Rock County Court on Monday. As conditions of his bond, he must not consume alcoholic beverages or possess weapons.

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