Milton man dies after he was shot Oct. 25

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MILTONA man shot in the face outside his home Oct. 25 in Milton has died, the Milton police chief confirmed Wednesday.

Chief Scott Marquardt said the death does not change anything related to the investigation into the death of Zachary Barrett, 30.

Barrett died Nov. 6 at University Hospital in Madison, according to a funeral home's death notice.

Jason P. Kraayvanger, 21, who was staying at the house with the family that lived there, shot Barrett in the incident, and authorities said they could not dispute his claim of self-defense.

Marquardt said his department is doing “final cleanup” on its investigation and hopes to get reports to Rock County District Attorney David O'Leary in the next two weeks for a “final determination.”

Police reported the incident started with Barrett holding a gun to the head of his wife, Nicole, in a bedroom and later arming himself with a rifle, handgun and bullet-resistant vest.

Then, as Kraayvanger and Barrett spoke outside the house, Kraayvanger told police he feared for his life as Barrett pointed the rifle at him, so he grabbed Barrett's handgun and shot him.

No one else witnessed the shooting.

A search warrant request for the house at 373 Elm St. obtained by The Gazette offers one new item of information: The reason for the confrontation between Barrett and his wife was Barrett's demand that she “find him prescription medications,” the search warrant affidavit states.

Marquardt said he did not know what kind of drug Barrett wanted.

Nicole Barrett has told other news media that she does not believe the incident was a case of self-defense, and she said her husband was dealing with mental-health and addiction problems.

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